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Alchemy

Richard Lloyd

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Album Review

Ex-Television guitarist Richard Lloyd's first album came out a year after the band's final 1970s release. This platter contains a fine batch of earnest, solid, unpretentious songs that exhibit a 1960s sensibility and tunefulness. Arrangements and performances here are unaffectedly prosaic, in contrast to the arty fullness seen in the music of Lloyd's prior band. As a solo artist, Lloyd shows himself to be a tasteful, imaginative lead guitarist and a capable, if unspectacular crooner ("Woman's Ways" proves that soaring, full-throated singing is not his forte). Touches of country-pop can be seen in the backing vocals to the chorus of "Misty Eyes." "Number Nine" is an energetic, rocking selection that is jumpier than its neighbors. And "Should Have Known Better" is a winsome, ringing, Byrds-influenced pop song. The production is generally good, though certain numbers (most notably "Blue and Grey") have the vocals mixed a bit too low.

Biography

Born: 25 October 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Richard Lloyd was the rhythm guitarist for New York punk legends Television; he released the solo album Alchemy in 1979 and then dropped out of sight due to drug addiction, returning in 1985 cleaned up and with a new record, Field of Fire. The follow-up, a live album recorded at CBGB's and titled Real Time, appeared in 1987. Along with ex-Voidoids guitarist Robert Quine, Lloyd next helped bring Matthew Sweet to prominence on a...
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