11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lloyd Cole’s Standards doesn’t feature any "standards," unless you consider John Hartford’s “California Earthquake” one. His wry sense of humor and of existence filters through his songs that sail through here with the enviable crew of drummer Fred Maher, bassist Matthew Sweet, ex-Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan, and pianist Joan “As Police Woman” Wasser. Standards reveals a sharp-tongued singer who’s created his distinct brand of adult pop and rock (“Women’s Studies,” “Period Piece”), with touches of folk in the extended narratives (“Myrtle and Rose”). Surely, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan fans can relate to this literate, rambling approach (“Diminished Ex”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lloyd Cole’s Standards doesn’t feature any "standards," unless you consider John Hartford’s “California Earthquake” one. His wry sense of humor and of existence filters through his songs that sail through here with the enviable crew of drummer Fred Maher, bassist Matthew Sweet, ex-Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan, and pianist Joan “As Police Woman” Wasser. Standards reveals a sharp-tongued singer who’s created his distinct brand of adult pop and rock (“Women’s Studies,” “Period Piece”), with touches of folk in the extended narratives (“Myrtle and Rose”). Surely, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan fans can relate to this literate, rambling approach (“Diminished Ex”).

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