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I am the Cosmos

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Chris Bell

I am the Cosmos

12" LP

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The very first lines of Chris Bell's one and only album say it all: "Every night I tell myself I am the cosmos / I am the wind / That don't bring you back again." Recorded between his departure from the notoriously misbegotten power-pop group Big Star in 1972 and his 1978 death following an auto accident, Cosmos is the work of a man struggling to assuage his depression with spiritual succor. Musically, this collection (which was unheard by the general public prior to 1992) is reminiscent of John Lennon's '70s work. With the exception of Plastic Ono Band, however, Lennon never put out a solo album on a par with this one. The tragedy is that Bell never had a chance to try to match it.


Unreleased for over 15 years, I Am the Cosmos is nevertheless an enduring testament to the brilliance of Chris Bell; lyrically poignant and melodically stunning, this lone solo album is proof positive of his underappreciated pop mastery. While cuts like "Get Away," "I Got Kinda Lost," and "Fight at the Table" recall the glowing, energetic power pop of Bell's earlier work, the majority of the songs on I Am the Cosmos are more reflective and deeply personal; the title track is a harrowingly schizophrenic tale of romantic despair, while other cuts like the lurching "Better Save Yourself" and the lovely "Look Up" are infused with a spiritual power largely missing from his Big Star material. The album's highlight, "You and Your Sister" -- which features backing vocals from none other than Bell's Big Star mate Alex Chilton -- is simply one of the great unknown love songs in the pop canon, a luminous and fragile ballad almost otherworldly in its beauty

Additional Information

Artist Chris Bell
Track Listing 1 I Am the Cosmos - 3:46 2 Better Save Yourself - 4:25 3 Speed of Sound - 5:11 4 Get Away - 3:26 5 You and Your Sister - 3:11 6 Make a Scene - 4:09 7 Look Up - 3:14 8 I Got Kinda Lost - 2:42 9 There Was a Light - 3:19 10 Fight at the Table - 3:41 11 I Don't Know - 3:22 12 Though I Know She Lies - 3:35 13 I Am the Cosmos [Slow Version] - 3:40 14 You and Your Sister [Country Version] - 2:56 15 You and Your Sister [Acoustic Version] - 2:53

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