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The Negatives

Lloyd ColeAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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About a year ago, after almost a decade in self imposed exile as a would be folksinger, I developed an itch I wasn’t expecting. It seemed that there were aspects to my old life in rock and roll that I missed. Tour buses and product managers, certainly not. But the interacting with musicians, the camaraderie and the joy of hearing one’s music enhanced, and elevated by the aesthetic ... Read more in Amazon's Lloyd Cole Store

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: March/What Are Records
  • ASIN: B00005ABP1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lloyd Cole and the Negatives came about when perennial unshaven intellectual and melancholic rocker Lloyd Cole briefly deserted the music that endeared him to James Joyce-reading students. He dropped the jangling, shimmering guitar pop exemplified by his 1984 debut, Rattlesnakes, in favor of the lushness of 1991's Don't Get Weird on Me Babe. The Negatives, who boast guitarists Jill ("I Kissed a Girl") Sobule and Michael Kotch (Eve's Plum), ably complement Cole's maturing songwriting style. The resulting album is a pleasing mix of romantic tearjerkers ("That Boy," string arrangements courtesy of Anne Dudley) and memorably perky pop songs ("What's Wrong with This Picture?" featuring Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger). The Ulysses contingent won't be disappointed. --Jerry Thackray

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4.0 out of 5 stars One heck of a bar band... April 5, 2001
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Lloyd Cole, in a recent interview in a local (Nashville, TN) music publication, described The Negatives as his "bar band." If that's so, I'd like to visit the bar from which they emerged. This is great stuff, folks; Cole has always had a way with an ironic twist of phrase, and in "What's Wrong With This Picture?" he lampoons himself wonderfully. An oddly uplifting song for such an artist. "Impossible Girl" and "Man On The Verge" are also nicely upbeat, and "Past Imperfect" is an instant single which name checks Cole's earlier work, with a Jill Sobule guitar solo which is sparkling and sweetly melancholy. For a change of pace, there's "No More Love Songs", with a steel guitar sound (provided by former Commotion Neil Clark) that could almost work as a country song.
Lloyd Cole remains one of my favorite songwriters, not only because his works are so consistently intelligent and passionate, but because I can actually sing what he writes! His baritone is still very good and well suited to his tunes. And The Negatives anchor him well; along with Sobule we find David Derby, whose bass is understated yet insistent; Michael Kotch's guitar work (especially on "What's Wrong With This Picture") is top notch; and Rafa Maciejak's drumming cannot be faulted. Too, there are the guests: Neil Clark we've mentioned; frequent Cole-laborator and former Voidoid Robert Quine is back; Anne Dudley (Art Of Noise, etc.) arranges the strings; "Easy Pieces" producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley work the levers on one track; while Smiths/Blur engineer and producer Stephen Street reprises his role from Cole's 1995 "Love Story", sharing most of the remaining production work with Lloyd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can say nothing but positives about The Negatives. September 27, 2001
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Since leaving The Commotions in the late 80s, Lloyd Cole has wandered a meandering course through musical styles from his muscular, self-titled debut to the oh-so-delicate "Love Songs". You could never be sure what to expect next. On "The Negatives", Cole has marshalled his strengths to produce his finest album to date. This is luscious, delictable pop music, led by Cole's extraordinary crooner's voice and backed by a band with a quiet intensity that produces a powerful tapestry without taking center stage away from Cole and his literary, personal lyrics. Bass and drums drive the sound, with jangly guitars layered on top and a few perfectly place synth lines. It is upbeat, introspective, and simply wonderful. I can say nothing but positives about The Negatives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He Kissed A Girl...A Lot of Girls...Too Many Girls? February 11, 2002
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Here are the only three negative things I will ever say about Lloyd Cole: 1) aside from the entire player roster of the National Hockey League, he's the man most perennially in need of a shave since Richard Nixon, 2) how can you take a guy seriously when he's pushing forty and still calling himself a boy?, 3) he's never risen again to the peak of his best with the Commotions (e.g. Brand New Friend, Perfect Skin, Rattlesnakes). Well, annoyances 1 and 2 may still apply but these Negatives bring Lloyd back close to his Eighties glory, and it's a fine return indeed. We start off with Past Imperfect, where he apparently looks back on those years with something like incredulity, sung to a sound straight out of that past. Impossible Girl is Chapter Infinite of Lloyd's women problems with a nice universality -- she calls collect, you change all your plans, and, naturally, she doesn't show. In What's Wrong With This Picture we have the near impossible, an almost happy Lloyd discovering that there really is nothing wrong with that picture. "Smile, she said,...I'll look the other way until you regain your melancholy disposition..." Negative Attitude is another high point, a mid-tempo rocker, underpinned by a steady drum line and some nifty lead guitar, and once again a feint into near happiness. But this is Lloyd Cole after all. One doesn't buy him for happy and Vin Ordinaire brings us back to brood, I love her, she loves him. On Tried to Rock he has "four girl friends, no visible means of support,(and)lived on credit card rye bread." I don't believe it for a minute but it's a great pose. I'm Gone closes the CD in perfect form and image, bathrobe on the floor, open door, too short -- the romance and the song --, and departing "with a suitcase of memorabilia," he's done all too soon with this CD. Bottom line: when you're feeling sorry for yourself in love, no one's better company than Lloyd Cole and it's grand to have that persona back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resounding Rejoinder to the Smile Fascists July 24, 2001
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For years a friend of mine has tried to turn me on to the charms of Lloyd Cole. And out of sheer perversity, I just didn't listen until attending a couple of shows (one with Cole by himself on acoustic; one with the Negatives). I then finally bought this album and LISTENED to it. And oh my God, what a chump I've been.
Lloyd Cole's grasp of the essentially bittersweet nature of life is so beautifully communicated as to turn me into a blubbering fool. Right now, I am particularly taken with "Vin Ordinaire" and "Negative Attitude," two songs that encourage me to keep looking for that person I really belong with.
A bonus: I am a lousy rhythm guitarist who loves to play along with things I listen to. Cole's music is very much guitar music. This album is easy and fun to accompany.
I'm a convert. Now to decide which Lloyd Cole album to explore next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Throwback sound...
Definitely nice to hear Cole working with a band - love his solo stuff but this CD harkens back to the sound of him working with the Commotions. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by C Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and Tight
Cole had wandered a bit prior to this release, so I began to loose interest. This brought me back. I like this album independent of the fact that it is Lloyd Cole, because it is... Read more
Published on October 17, 2010 by W. Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great album and as for being a bar band, I saw him with Jill Sobule at the Mint down the street a few years ago and they were as engaging live as they are on the CD. Read more
Published on January 8, 2009 by RRRyan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort
Over the past couple of years I have bought 3 of Lloyd's works - Songs in a Foreign Language, The Negatives, and Antidepressant. Read more
Published on February 1, 2008 by Mr. Michael Magee
5.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with this picture?
It's now 2005 and I've finally gotten this c.d. Where the hell was I? The most interesting peice of positive guitar pop since Matthew Sweet's ditty "Sick of Myself" (which charted... Read more
Published on January 29, 2005 by T. Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Another great release from the master, this spirited and brooding disc is on par with Love Story, Lloyd Cole and Rattlesnakes. Read more
Published on December 20, 2003 by Jeffrey A. Obrien
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest song writer ever proves it again.
There are just so many things to love about Lloyd Cole, but why? He is far from the best singer anyone has ever heard. Read more
Published on April 17, 2002 by David B. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars face to the floor again
This is a fantastic album. Worth the wait. Lloyd at his best. Melodic and Somber. Kickin' with a snear while you trip through the bar... again. Read more
Published on January 30, 2002 by Richard R. Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars The guitar lines are lovely....
Due to Jill Sobule's understated but melodic leads? I think so.
A real return to form for Lloyd Cole on this one. Read more
Published on January 24, 2002 by Adam C. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great from start to finish
There aren't too many CD's that I love immediately, upon the first play. However, with this new CD from Lloyd Cole, I loved it right from the first track. Read more
Published on January 22, 2002 by Jeffrey W. Behm
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