Review and photographs by Tim Livingston
There has been such an influx of great shows coming through the area the past few months sometimes something really special goes by nearly unnoticed. Such was the case when Club Helsinki in Hudson recently presented the intelligent singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole. Lloyd came on to the scene in the early-to-mid ’80s with his jangly british pop band the Commotions and since then has released a bevy of quality, yet eclectic albums. For this tour Lloyd has left behind the lush, orchestrated arrangements of many of his albums and has stripped it down to a man and his guitar. In doing so, he really showcased what a strong batch of songs he has amassed over the years.
Starting promptly at 8pm, Cole in a sense opened for himself by doing a short set of solo material, just him and his guitar, that spotlighted his smart lyrics and were driven by his strong, rich vocal delivery. A voice that one could listen to all night long. Hitting on the many eras of his career – such as “Unhappy Song” from 1995’s “Love Story” album, “Butterfly” from 1991’s “Don’t Get Weird on Me Babe” and a few tunes from his latest offering “Broken Record” – Lloyd began to weave his way through his majestic catalog filled with highlights.