Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Lloyd Cole|On Pain

On Pain

Lloyd Cole

Available in
16-Bit/44.1 kHz Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

Since his days as the leader of The Commotions and his still-mighty 1984 debut album, Rattlesnakes, Lloyd Cole has soldiered on, often swinging between conventional synth pop outings like 2013's Standards and more experimental electronic albums like 2015's 1D Electronics 2012-2014. Here, as on his last album, 2019's Guesswork, he mixes both: lots of synthesizers and digitally-generated sounds to go with familiar melodic paths and common rhythms. Former Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan co-wrote three of the tracks and their  guitar player Neil Clark co-wrote another.

Built mostly at his home studio in Western Massachusetts, On Pain—whose sound is typically gleaming with appreciable depth and range—was finished in the UK with producer Chris Hughes (Robert Plant, Tears for Fears, Def Leppard). As subjects go, the concentration of human frailties —occasionally specifically Cole's—is the ground over which his passionate, self-examining eye travels over again and again. In the repeated lines of "This Can't Be Happening" Cole concedes that all of what he senses is real and frustratingly unstoppable: "You can't believe it/ It can't be possible/ But it's happening now." In the title track, over a steady rhythm washed through synth waves, he offers that he can't be trusted with "money, secrets" nor "loving" but knows that "… you can trust me with your sorrow/ And oh, you can trust me with your pain/ And we will bury them deep down/ We'll never speak of them again."  A trusty pop bounce drives "Warm by the Fire," where he harpoons Los Angeles, feeling appropriately alienated by its commercialism: "These are the cards I'm not holding/ This is the state I'm not in/ This is the role I'm not playing/ This is not who I am." More condemnation of Los Angeles, which is "so 1975," appears in "The Idiot" which floats along at an easy pace to synth chords and where the narrator pleads, "We'll move to Berlin/ Stop being drug addicts/ We'll cycle and swim." In the closer "The Wolves," the lens of disgust and worry widens, and over gently undulating synths Cole slowly sings, "You worship false idols/ You love the deceased/ You cower before tyrants/You spread the disease/You lack imagination."



Cole's most recent bio pays tribute to wanting to create beauty with his music, "I really don't like the idea that songs are about things. I like the idea that songs are things." On Pain succeeds at that. Despite its often anxious lyrics, this is prime Cole: a welcome return, immaculately crafted, and filled with exquisite voyages of emotion.  © Robert Baird/Qobuz

More info

On Pain

Lloyd Cole

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 100 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 100 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From €13,50/month

1
On Pain
00:04:01

Dave Derby, Backing Vocals - Lloyd Cole, Composer, Lyricist, Vocals, Artist, Programming, MainArtist, Modular Synth - Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher - Renee Lo Bou, Backing Vocals

2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

2
Warm by the Fire
00:04:07

Mark Frith, Programming, Modular Synth - Dave Derby, Backing Vocals - Blair Cowan, Modular Synth - Lloyd Cole, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Artist, Programming, MainArtist, Modular Synth - Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher

2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

3
I Can Hear Everything
00:03:29

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Blair Cowan, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programming - Lloyd Cole, Composer, Lyricist, Vocals, Artist, Programming, MainArtist - Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher

2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

4
The Idiot
00:04:17

Mark Frith, Backing Vocals, Programming - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Blair Cowan, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programming - Lloyd Cole, Composer, Lyricist, Vocals, Artist, Programming, MainArtist, Modular Synth - Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher

2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

5
You Are Here Now
00:05:02

Neil Clark, Composer, Lyricist, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Programming - Mark Frith, Programming - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Lloyd Cole, Composer, Lyricist, Vocals, Artist, Programming, MainArtist - Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher

2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

6
This Can't Be Happening
00:04:10

Chris Hughes, Backing Vocals, Programming - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Blair Cowan, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programming - Lloyd Cole, Composer, Lyricist, Vocals, Artist, Programming, MainArtist, Modular Synth - Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher

2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

7
More of What You Are
00:04:45

Mark Frith, Violin / Fiddle, Modular Synth - Dave Derby, Backing Vocals - Blair Cowan, Violin / Fiddle, Modular Synth - Lloyd Cole, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals, Artist, Programming, MainArtist, Modular Synth - Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher - Renee Lo Bou, Backing Vocals

2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

8
Wolves
00:07:33

Neil Clark, Acoustic Guitar - Lloyd Cole, Composer, Lyricist, Vocals, Artist, Programming, MainArtist, Modular Synth - Joan Wasser, Backing Vocals - Warner Chappel Music Ltd. (PRS), MusicPublisher

2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 Lloyd Cole under exclusive license to earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

Album review

Since his days as the leader of The Commotions and his still-mighty 1984 debut album, Rattlesnakes, Lloyd Cole has soldiered on, often swinging between conventional synth pop outings like 2013's Standards and more experimental electronic albums like 2015's 1D Electronics 2012-2014. Here, as on his last album, 2019's Guesswork, he mixes both: lots of synthesizers and digitally-generated sounds to go with familiar melodic paths and common rhythms. Former Commotions keyboardist Blair Cowan co-wrote three of the tracks and their  guitar player Neil Clark co-wrote another.

Built mostly at his home studio in Western Massachusetts, On Pain—whose sound is typically gleaming with appreciable depth and range—was finished in the UK with producer Chris Hughes (Robert Plant, Tears for Fears, Def Leppard). As subjects go, the concentration of human frailties —occasionally specifically Cole's—is the ground over which his passionate, self-examining eye travels over again and again. In the repeated lines of "This Can't Be Happening" Cole concedes that all of what he senses is real and frustratingly unstoppable: "You can't believe it/ It can't be possible/ But it's happening now." In the title track, over a steady rhythm washed through synth waves, he offers that he can't be trusted with "money, secrets" nor "loving" but knows that "… you can trust me with your sorrow/ And oh, you can trust me with your pain/ And we will bury them deep down/ We'll never speak of them again."  A trusty pop bounce drives "Warm by the Fire," where he harpoons Los Angeles, feeling appropriately alienated by its commercialism: "These are the cards I'm not holding/ This is the state I'm not in/ This is the role I'm not playing/ This is not who I am." More condemnation of Los Angeles, which is "so 1975," appears in "The Idiot" which floats along at an easy pace to synth chords and where the narrator pleads, "We'll move to Berlin/ Stop being drug addicts/ We'll cycle and swim." In the closer "The Wolves," the lens of disgust and worry widens, and over gently undulating synths Cole slowly sings, "You worship false idols/ You love the deceased/ You cower before tyrants/You spread the disease/You lack imagination."



Cole's most recent bio pays tribute to wanting to create beauty with his music, "I really don't like the idea that songs are about things. I like the idea that songs are things." On Pain succeeds at that. Despite its often anxious lyrics, this is prime Cole: a welcome return, immaculately crafted, and filled with exquisite voyages of emotion.  © Robert Baird/Qobuz

About the album

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...