For a five-song EP, I'm Lonely (And I Love It) has a couple of meaty moments. Merritt's attempt to recreate Erasure is largely successful, especially on the sprightly title track and in the standard Merritt brilliance of "Good Thing I Don't Have Any Feelings." Claudia Gonson's vocal contribution to the haunting "Café Hong Kong" is the perfect counterpoint, coming directly in the middle of the track list, while "Blue Hawaii" is an interesting throwaway, and "Hopeless" is a remix from the Heroes' last full album. Stephin Merritt is clearly a songwriting prodigy, which makes even his less successful attempts better than most songwriters' A-material. As slight as I'm Lonely feels at first, Merritt's enormous talent ultimately shines through, even though it's only for a handful of tunes.
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