Easy Pieces originally came out in November 1985 as the follow up to, in my opinion, one of the best debut albums of all time in Rattlesnakes. The mood is definitely more melancholy than Rattlesnakes but also contains some of his best "pop" songs in tracks like Lost Weekend. Many of the tracks are as good as those on Rattlesnakes but overall it somehow lacks the consistency of their debut offering. Tracks like Brand New Friend and Rich are amongst the best tracks Lloyd Cole has released and the album as a whole has some of his best tunes and lyrics. Something about the album reminds me of Aztec Camera's second album Knife. Not musically, just the difficulty of following up a classic album and releasing one with many great tunes but not quite matching the wonder of their debuts.
Sadly the album appears to be unavailableat the moment but if you can get hold of a copy it's well worth investigating.