Losing Sleep

Losing Sleep

A leading member of the seminal Scottish pop group, Orange Juice, Edwyn Collins has gone through personal hell and back to continue making music that is adventurous and heartfelt. In 2005, Collins suffered several brain hemorrhages that left him unable to walk and talk. Through rigorous physical therapy, Collins regained enough of himself to finish 2007’s Home Again and to create Losing Sleep from the ground up. His voice is understandably more constrained these days. It’s taken on an eeriness akin to the ghost chants of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. The manic chase of “Do It Again” is a powerful piece of angular pop where the beat shifts the weight of the melody with ease. Every track is worthy, with high honors awarded to “Losing Sleep,” “Humble,” “Come Tomorrow, Come Today,” “It Dawns On Me” and “All My Days.” The autobiographical nature of the tunes makes things even more entrancing. Johnny Marr, Aztec Camera’s Roddy Frame” and Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy are among the guests.

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