Reason #276: Rattlesnakes
Lloyd Cole joined the ranks of my favorite intelligent, sensitive and eccentric British singer/songwriters (others include, but are not limited to, the following: Pat Fish (Jazz Butcher), Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice/solo), Robyn Hitchcock (solo/Egyptions/Soft Boys, etc), Paddy McAloon (Prefab Sprout), Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera), ) as soon as I heard Rattlesnakes. Allmusic calls it “One of the finest debuts of the ‘80’s.”, and they are not wrong.
This disk contains 10 absolutely perfect little pop gems, chief among them opener Perfect Skin, Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken and one of my favorite songs of all time Forest Fire. Aside from those three diamonds you have seven more perfectly jangly British pop to bop to, and if you listen closely to the erudite lyrics you just may learn a thing or two about literature. There were a lot of perfect debut albums during the 1980’s, but this one is right up there with the best of the best. If you haven’t yet been exposed to Rattlesnakes I urge you to pick up a copy immediately. And, especially with this one, grab the Deluxe version, it’s 2nd disk is well worth it, and right now you can snag a copy pretty cheap on Amazon.