The Blow Monkeys also join the line of bands from the eighties who seem to be experiencing a second spring. The group around Robert Howard had landed some small hits and had even been able to place a number on the soundtrack of "Dirty Dancing" (which probably filled the band's coffers well). The current, very mature and sparingly instrumented album moves between jazzed pop ("Chained"), perfect singer-songwriter ("Icarus In Flames") and charming psych-pop ("That's Not Right"). Characteristics of all tracks are a pleasant unobtrusiveness and a high half-life. The numbers do not click immediately, but demand a little patience from the listener, which is then rewarded by depth and above all lasting lyrics. On the second CD Howard has grabbed an acoustic guitar under the pseudonym Dr. Robert, with which he celebrates ten tracks of the band, which sometimes sound like the better songs of Style Council. To top it all off, the album is released in a beautiful six-page digipak with a booklet containing the lyrics. Top!
Top Track: That's Not Right