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10/12/2017

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Who wrote this review, Mac?

Oops, forgot the credit. Thanks. It's fixed now.

Someone sent me several songs from this album on a mixtape back in the '80s. I liked them but not enough to seek out more. Not sure if these three were among them but I know "Charlotte Street" and "Heartbroken" were. I've been busy today and haven't had a chance to listen to these yet.

I'm sure Rob knows this, but others may not: Camera Obscura has a song amusingly called "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlryei9U3sg

I finally had a chance to just sit and listen to these three songs. I like them, especially the first. And yet--just as I liked the stuff I'd heard years ago from the same album (none of these three), I'm somehow unenthused, though there is nothing I don't like.

A fondness for Cole may have a "had to be there" aspect to it. Lots of stuff since 1984 sounds in one way or another like what he was doing, but at the time he was fairly unique.

I didn't remember his voice having that '80s New Wave croon quality (if you know what I mean--hard to describe). According to AllMusic he's since ventured into ambient electronica. That sounds interesting.

I've not heard any of the electronica -- I think that's been mainly a side project. He seems to be doing a fair amount of duo work with his son, who's also a guitarist.

By the way, I'm going to pencil myself in for two more pieces for the year, one for next month and one for December. I'm going to do Takk (Sigur Ros) and the Peteris Vasks violin concerto (not sure yet which recording).

Ok, great. I've had Takk for a long time and only recently got around to listening to it. At first listen I really liked it.

I also have the Vasks concerto and have only heard it once. And yet I continue to buy music. It's an illness.

I think I'm the way with books that you are with music. I own more books than I'll ever be able to read in my lifetime. Yet I buy more.

Some of this is ameliorated by the fact that I sell and give away many, but still the net quantity increases.

Sad to say, I'm just as bad with books. I can justify most of them more readily, as having an Educational Value that it would be difficult to claim for most of the music I buy.

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