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Album Review

Jude Cole's Falling Home kicks off on a frankly atrocious note — the song "My Friend Stan" recorded in 1974 by Cole's former band, Silver Highway. Presumably, it can only go up from there, and it does, thankfully. Cole's collection of melancholy love songs hits its best with the title track, the closest it comes to his zenith, 1990's A View from 3rd Street. The song "Any Dark Day" is a somber ode to open communication in a relationship: "Put your mind at rest/And your fears at bay/I'm the one you can run to/Any dark day." One of the greatest writers of breakup songs, Cole swears to go beyond those borders with the back-porch acoustic flavor of "More Than a Breakup Song." Cole again successfully proves he has the chemistry to make a gem of an album.

Customer Reviews

My Favorite Jude Cole Album

I liked Jude Cole from the moment I heard, "Baby, It's Tonight" on the radio. When I bought the CD I quickly found that there were other songs on that album that were better than, "Baby It's Tonight". When I hurriedly bought his CD, "Start the Car" I totally dug that album for the musicianship, lyrics song-crafting and talent that was oozing out of it. "I Don't Know Why I Feel This Way" was hard to find. When I did, there were some great tunes with all of the elements I'd loved in the rest of Jude's work - but it was all quite a bit gloomier. On a whim, years later, I went looking for what Jude had been up to, hoping he was still making music. I found, "Falling Home". I bought it. What a gem it is. The lyrics are beautiful, the music is grand (Jude nearly plays every instrument himself), the singing is as good as ever and the album is crafted in a warm and terrific way so when it is over you have spent a warm trip through a hopeful place that rings with hope. That sounds heavy, a bit cheesey but what it all is: Good music perfomed by an honest artist being honest (The liner notes say just that) Jude is one of the least-appreciated artists of my time. He doesn't make a big deal about it, but I sure enjoy it when he lets me hear what he can make. If you like good music, you will enjoy this.

So underrated

In my opinion, the most underrated artist in rock and roll. Falling Home is a polished collection of melodic guitar-dominated tracks that are downright addictive. Lyrically strong, Cole is successful in expressing his heartache and anger in addition to demonstrating that he can put the world in perspective. I'm disappointed I didn't buy the album sooner and even more disappointed that Cole hasn't released any solo collections since. Great album!

Just give it 60 seconds...

Okay, so the official review is right and the start of this album makes me want to punch someone in the neck. That said, at least it's a nod (albeit most heiness) to Jude's roots. I've been listening to Jude forever, have enjoyed watching him mature in his music, and wish he was recording instead of producing. I honestly believe that this is his first album where the last few tracks weren't b-side fillers. This album is soulful, honest, and, like his other work, makes me believe that I know Jude as a friend (which would be cool, but probably seems really creepy to the artist when fans say things like that). After a year I am still enamored with 'Raining on the Moon', 'Inhale', and 'Peaceful in Mine'. These are songs I wish I had sung myself.


Born: June 18, 1960 in East Moline, IL

Genre: Rock

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

Jude Cole joined the British power pop band the Records in 1980, after their first album was released, and remained with the group for one album. After a few years, Cole then re-emerged with his own solo record, 1987's self-titled Jude Cole, which was a much slicker, mainstream-oriented affair than any of the Records' records. The album did have its charm, but it was unfortunately ignored. That was not the case with his second album, 1990's A View from 3rd Street, which had a bona fide hit single...
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