Album #544 – Rattlesnakes

Album #544

Many people called Lloyd Cole the new Bob Dylan when this album was released. A title that was very rare during the 80’s. Rattlesnakes has a sound that would be present in the latter half of the decade. It was a return to complex lyrics about love and life. Nothing is sugarcoated here, except maybe the musical arrangements. Overall, I was pretty bored with this album. Nothing stood out when I listened and it wasn’t exciting. Understated is a word that perfectly describes this album. The title track is a staple of 80’s college rock and is one of the best tracks from the era. But, the monotone voice of Lloyd Cole just didn’t fit these songs for me. The album, like many releases from punk bands of the late 70’s that I’ve listened to, doesn’t have the same energy as its biggest hit single. It lacked the excitement of his first solo effort, released five years later (1989), which contains the song Downtown. To me, that sound fits Lloyd Cole’s songwriting and singing better. The first time I heard Downtown a couple of years ago, I was blown away. A song that gives me chills everytime I hear it. Because of that song, I had huge expectations for this album but, like some albums listed, they don’t always live up to their spot on the list. Maybe that’s why it took me so long to write this post. The fear of not getting it. Oh well.¬†Overall, I give Rattlesnakes, 2 out of 5.

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