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Editors’ Notes

British singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole has been living in the U.S. long enough to have picked up a sense of country music and heartland rock, enough to make Broken Record a comfortable fit with most alt-country folks. The overall tone is one of restraint, like much of his work since the Commotions. “Westchester County Jail” is a perfect cowpoke mock-up, whether you know just how tony Westchester is (a suburb of NYC) or not. “Oh Genevieve,” written with former Commotion Blair Cowan, who is credited on keyboards, is a jaunty cruise through romantic yearning. “Writers Retreat!” takes a jeering look at a would-be writer going through a midlife crisis. “If I Were a Song” sounds like the results of attending a writer’s retreat. “Why In the World?” assesses Cole’s own midlife crisis. The accordion leading off “Man Overboard” suggests a sea chantey but is then spiked with Cole’s poetic verse. “Double Happiness” picks up the pace for a country-rock tune that still keeps a city vibe tucked inside.

Customer Reviews

Lloyd Cole is a prolific songwriting superhero

There's nothing new that can be said about the exceptional work of Lloyd Cole. His latest album is always "his best yet" and Broken Record is no exception.

one of Llyods master piece stillgenuis after all these years!

It is a great combination of Rock & Pop with a little Blue grass Buy it is great !


What a wonderful mix of songs and styles. A beautiful album.


Born: January 31, 1961 in Buxton, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Through both his lauded work fronting the Commotions and his more eclectic solo efforts, Lloyd Cole established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. Born January 31, 1961, in Buxton, England, Cole formed the Commotions in 1982 while studying philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Originally a large soul band, the group eventually trimmed itself down to a quintet that included keyboardist Blair Cowan, guitarist Neil Clark, bassist Lawrence Donegan, and...
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