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Lloyd Cole & The Commotions: Rattlesnakes (Geffen)

Craig Zeller, Creem, May 1985

AZTEC CAMERA when they're not being precious, the tone of the Left Banke, just a little Love, a bit of early Doors, a touch of Reed & the Velvets, a pinch of '66 Dylan, a sprinkling of a dozen Lou/Bob aficionados, a smattering of the Only Ones, a dash of Pavlov's Dog, a hint of Tommy James, the Smiths' 'This Charming Man', Grin's 'White Lies' — all this and more has been deftly absorbed into the make-up of Lloyd Cole & The Commotions. In the wake of countless overhyped, sensation-of-the-week Brit bands, here's one of the few that rates more than a passing glance.

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