Monday, June 01, 2015

Song of the Day: 'Forest Fire' by Lloyd Cole (& the Commotions)


Caught Lloyd Cole sans the Commotions Saturday evening at the Bell House, a charming and rustic little venue in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn (aka The Middle of Nowhere). Would be lying if I didn't confess to sobbing through half the show, which isn't to say I wasn't exactly ready to be heartbroken. But something about his odes to failed relationships and midlife what-could-have-beens seemed to affect me harder than last time. The show was thorough and broken into two sets. And while it's impossible for someone with 150 songs in his repertoire to please everyone, he didn't exactly disappoint by doing "Past Imperfect," "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?," "Rattlesnakes," "Why I Love Country Music"/"Like a Broken Record" medley, "2cv," "Hey Rusty," "Cut Me Down," "Lost Weekend," "Undressed," "Pay for It," "Like Lovers Do," "Late Night, Early Town" and righting the wrong from the last time I saw him in 2007 by performing "Forest Fire" as an encore. A similar setlist is HERE. To find out if his "Neverending Standards" tour is coming to a venue near you, click HERE. You won't be disappointed, but you might wanna bring a hankie. 

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