Although it has its moments, this is not Thompson‚€™s best work by far. That‚€™s because it‚€™s musically uneven, with uninspiring arrangements as on Gypsy Love Songs, Can‚€™t Win and some really bottom-of-barrel numbers like the cliched Yankee, Go Home. (Yawn). Turning Of The Tide is fast with an appealing melody and a theme that mirrors Tom Waits‚€™ Saving All My Love For You, whilst Reckless Kind and I Still Dream are slow ballads about lost love, and Jerusalem On The Jukebox kicks butt at a driving pace while delivering social comment. The major saving grace is of course Waltzing‚€™s For Dreamers, a sparkling piece of poetry set to a sad, lilting melody that evokes the same feel as another of his classics, How Will I Ever Be Simple Again, with its melancholy lyrics:
‚€œOh play me a blue song and fade down the light
I‚€™m sad as a proud man can be sad tonight
Just let me dream on, oh just let me sway
While the sweet violins and the saxophones play
And Miss, you don‚€™t know me, but can‚€™t we pretend
That we care for each other, till the band reach the end.‚€�
So Amnesia is worth getting, if only for this one song. But his album Rumor and Sigh is more varied and a much more rewarding listening experience.