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The Backwards Life Of Romeo

by Cowboys International

Memorable melodies, techno-flavored arrangements, and soundscape-ish textures abound on the disc, as Lockie brings an eclectic spirit to traditional pop structures.
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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  Song Share Time Download
1. strawberries
5:11 album only
2. escape
4:15 album only
3. the backwards life of romeo
4:07 album only
4. hold on me
3:46 album only
5. don't hesitate
3:42 album only
6. imaginary number
1:16 album only
7. angelina
4:08 album only
8. silent sky
4:07 album only
9. ready steady go
4:18 album only
10. matter of time
5:56 album only
11. one way pendulum
0:35 album only
12. something about you
4:11 album only
13. here with you
4:09 album only


Album Notes
Last year's bonus-track-packed reissue of Cowboys International's The Original Sin, an underground classic that Melody Maker Magazine awarded a #11 slot on its "Best Album List" for 1979, was manna from the heavens for fans who had waited years for a CD version of that pioneering album. Now long-time followers -- and newcomers, too -- have further reason to rejoice. Updating the New Wave/New Romantic synthesis that informed his original work, Cowboys International leader Ken Lockie has fashioned The Backwards Life of Romeo, a collection of all-new material that proves Lockie's skills as a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist remain as strong as ever.

Memorable melodies, techno-flavored arrangements, and soundscape-ish textures abound on the disc, as Lockie brings an eclectic spirit to traditional pop structures. High points include the beautifully panoramic, disquieting "Silent Sky"; the eerie, languid, industrial-tinged ballad "Escape"; and a song titled "Angelina" (a duet featuring Lockie's wife, Laura) that demonstrates that modern lounge-pop can indeed have backbone.

Other notable moments include the propulsive title track, and a surf guitar/Farfisa organ dance-pop song titled "Ready Steady Go" that sounds like a new millennium version of the B-52s. Just as important, Lockie sings with palpable yearning, providing a distinctly human counterpoint to the album's modern sound, and underscoring themes that run toward alienation. In a word, comebacks rarely get better than this.

-- Russell Hall



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Jon Howells

An excellent follow up
Not many bands can leave you waiting 25 years for a second album, then deliver something that does not disappoint, but Cowboys International have. This is a great pop album - it's distinctly the same sound as the first album, updated enough to feel current, but retro in all the good ways (ie good tunes, good lyrics and not horribly over-produced unlike most chart fodder).

Luna Lure

What a great comeback!
After a 25-year-old silence, the band finally released a new album. The sound is the same as what it was before, and even better. Seems like Bob Dylan meets Chrystal Method, this album is truly original, and does transcend the time. I would like all the music lovers to listen to this.

Bruce Emery

worth the wait
After 25 years of wondering what a follow-up Cowboys International disc would sound like (not counting the fantastic "the impossible"), we now know. This is an excellent album by a gifted artist, and believe it or not, worth the wait (now how many artists can you honestly say that about?). Lockie's command of melody, smart arrangements, crystal clear production and wonderful vocals put him into a rarified class of pop artists. Welcome back Ken; I just hope that the next album won't take two decades.

Vince (dallas, TX)

I first heard Cowboys International back in the early 80's on WTUL/Tulane University radio station New Orleans, LA. The Original Sin lp just blow me away it was great!
So now over 20 years later Mr. Ken Lockie hits the CD rack with this GRAND CD!! One of the best crafted & sung CD this year. I put Lockie beside David Sylvian any day.
thanks Ken Lockie for the Gift of Tunes!