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UK pressing. Love Travels at Illegal Speeds is the fifth solo album by former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon. A concept album about love, this release contains some of Coxon's most personal songs to date, and is the follow up to his successful 2004 album Happiness in Magazines. Features the single 'Standing on My Own Again'. Transcopic. 2006.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000CBVMHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My first Graham Coxon CD was "Happiness In Magazines" which I loved. Still love. It's a fun CD. The sort of music that doesn't require a commitment by me (if that makes sense... it's a CD which is fun to sing along to.. not too serious... unlike his acoustic work, which is sublime, but something one really has to sit and absorb... take in... commit to listening to). This CD is like Happiness In Magazines: fun, almost frivolous, perhaps danceable and most definitely worth singing along to.

If I had to pick between this CD (Love Travels at Illegal Speeds) and Happiness In Magazines I'd probably go with Happiness. Love Travels at Illegal Speeds is good. Loads of fun with bits of seriousness thrown in (like Happiness), but Happiness feels more cohesive.

Still... this is a good CD to pop on early in the morning to get you up and going. At least that's how I see it.
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Okay. First let me say that the lyrics are somewhat . . . basic; but I firmly believe they add a great amount of emotional color, particularly with his delivery, and his voice just keeps getting better. From the opening guitar shucking of "Standing On My Own Again" to the mid-tempo wind-down of "See a Better Day," there are some great effing tunes on this album. It's a step up from "Happiness in Magazines," a great record in its own right. The melodies and rhythms stay with you. At least, they stay with me. Enjoy.
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....Love Travels at Illegal Speeds is Graham Coxon's (guitarist extrodinaire, formerly of Blur) 6th solo album. Following in the vein of his previous album, the nearly perfect Happiness in Magazines, it's full of melodic power pop and rock songs (ironic considering his first 3 albums are all lo-fi do-it-yourself affairs and he left Blur supposedly to avoid playing music like THIS!). This album, full of what Graham calls "songs about love" from every angle, while not as good as Magazine, is still very, very good.

It starts off with Standing On My Own Again, a rockin' opener. The best songs on the album also happen to be the ones constructed best and with memorable hooks: Standing On My Own, What's He Got?, You and I, Don't Believe Anything I Say. All the songs are good in their own way, although Graham does use a Cockney accent he has never displayed on previous albums that can get slightly whiny-sounding.

Graham plays everything on this album except for keyboards and horns, and he does a great job....he's a solid drummer, a good bass player, and as has been well known, one of the greatest British guitarists of his generation, although it's much more subtle on his solo albums than it was in Blur.

Overall, a great, solid album, not as good as Magazines (or even Kiss of Morning, at that) but still a worthy addition to his solo catalog. Now if only those rumours of Graham returning to Blur to do one final album before they call it day (as reported in NME in November of 2006) turn out to be true.........
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There are a few quality songs on "Love Travels at Illegal Speeds" but overall I was quite disappointed by the album.

Where most artists tend to expand upon their sound, broaden their scope, and improve upon the originality of their songwriting, Graham Coxon appears to be going backwards. I wasn't exactly sure what the point of this album was, as the majority of the songs are merely carbon-copies of other artists' styles and genres; if I want to hear the Sex Pistols I will buy one of their cds, or the same thing for The Beatles.

After hearing the originality and quality of Coxon's previous work from "You're So Great", "Coffee & T.V.", "Bitter Tears", or "Escape Song" it was quite a let-down to hear such uninspiring and basic music on his latest work.

This is not all bad news however; perhaps Mr. Coxon is running out of ideas and may have all the more reason to rejoin Blur so they can put out their best work yet.
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This is just my opinion of course but having the lyrics available courtesy of the accompanying booklet are the saviour.
I'd listened to this maybe 3 or 4 times and I found it all kind of grating or rushed or kind of thin excepting for the 4 slower tempo songs which at the time were the only memorable things on this for me.
But today I pulled out that booklet w/lyrics and it greatly helped me much better submerge into the songs I'd previously thought rushed/thin/grating.
For example, on Gimme Some Love when he screams out the word 'night' -"I can't stand the crowds on a Saturday NIGHT!!!!" or "we're a right pair, you and I", the lyrics that lead off that song.
Or in the second song I Can't Look At Your Skin when he sings about a girl 'killing boys with your body' and when he screams 'you make them so FRIKKIN crazy!!"-having the lyrics in front of you to spell all of this out is a very helpful source.
Also about the booklet, each side by side page is themed with Grahams' artwork with the lyrics below-the artwork is like a bonus feature.
I like the faster songs much better now having read the lyrics (knowing the words make the music more fun!) but it is still the 4 more relaxed songs that make this a keeper for me.
These 4 songs: Just A State Of Mind, Don't Believe Anything I Say, Flights To The Sea (Lovely Rain) and closer See A Better Day I can easily imagine being part of any Blur album past or future.
And when it comes to Graham Coxon and his solo work I always look for the Blur-like similarities which these 4 songs represent perfectly.
Finally I want to point out that each and every one of the songs on LTAIS all deal with relationships and run the gammut between watching it all 'go down the pan' to having your blues shaken with her 'miracle smile'.
And I must make mention of Graham's singing which I find always fun to listen to and again reminds me of Blur
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