• richard lloyd The Countdown (CD, £11.50)

    In his recent memoir, guitarist-singer-songwriter Richard Lloyd recalls his thoughts the first time he saw Tom Verlaine play in a New York nightclub. “This guy has something special but he is missing something,” Lloyd writes. “What he is missing I have… and what I am missing, he has.” That keen sense of observation and self-awareness of the required elements for great rock’n’roll soon led to the formation of the groundbreaking band Television, and that same insight has been a hallmark of Lloyd’s musical career. It can be found in his incredibly influential guitar work with Television, his work supplying perfect power pop guitar leads for Matthew Sweet, and his stellar solo work from his 1979 solo debut, Alchemy, to the grooves of his new album, The Countdown, available on Plowboy Records. Lloyd's trademark fusion of garage rock crunch, irresistible power pop hooks and metaphysical soul is apparent from the opening riff of the albums inaugural rocker. The "rawk" returns with force as Lloyd cranks it up for guitar rockers, demonstrating the excitement, groove and power of Lloyd's guitar mastery. Lloyd slows things down a bit for a trio of touching, tender rock ballads before returning to raucous rock'n'roll and a comic guitar journey to end the album. Two of Lloyd's paintings were used as the visual foundation for the front and back covers of the packaging. Tracks: Wind In The Rain / Smoke / So Sad / Run / Whisper / I Can Tell / Just My Heart / Something Remains / Down The Drain / Countdown

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