The final album of Thomas Dolby's 11 year career as a solo artist is part brilliance, part disappointment. The good songs have a depth to match his best songs, but the poor songs overshadow this album. Eastern Block is a tired sequel of his first his Europa, with a lazy Bo Diddley beat, and recycled lyrics. That's Why People Fall In Love has Ofra Haza singing along to little effect, which seems the way with the star turns here: Jerry Garcia's guitars add little to the closing song Beauty of a Dream, an elegant song with a great lyric. Eddie Van Halen adds soft metal to the hit Close but no Cigar, but it's novelty value has not worn well. Eddi Reader (remember Perfect?) however adds a great vocal performace to Cruel, a simple love song, understated with nice found sounds. The best track, I Love You Goodbye has a great combination of Cajun and computers, tied to super words. I Live in a Suitcase rattles along at a nice pace, with a fine spoken middle eight. Neon Sisters featuring Budgie on drums is also quite lively, and has another good personal lyric. Not a great album, but a few gems are to be found here.