Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 

It's particularly telling that an illustration of a Rickenbecker guitar dominates the back of this

superb album. Lloyd may not be much of a singer but as a pop artisan he clearly is a technical

genius. The 12 strings shimmer, the melodies glide and all the right references get the proper

treatment and incorporation. Cool and Gone is a power pop classic that deserves much more

recognition than it will ultimately get. Look out for able assists from Brad Jones, Marshall

Crenshaw, Tom Petersen (Cheap Trick) and Dennis Diken (Smithereens). A pop essential for

1999. B+