There's something about this album that has somehow defied 21 years of the time that has elapsed since it's creation.
Perhaps it's the incredible remix job on the dvd mixes in 5.1. Maybe it's the dense atmosphere during recording. Or more likely a combination of the aforementioned, plus the fact that these songs got the "personal lyrics mixed with actually quite uplifting music" axiom absolutely spot on.
Don't get me wrong; VIOLATOR is a great collection of songs and an excellent album but THIS came first, and it sounds more raw, more punchier and less...commercially oriented. It's a very personal and possibly self indulgent work. I actually originally heard this AFTER I'd soaked myslef in violator and music for the masses, and was really blown away by the whole package. In some ways, this is a better descendant to lead up to violator.
the remix work done on the 5.1 mixes, the documentary, the power inherant on repeated listens....this IMHO is almost perfect ( only the dated reference to "princess di" shows the 80's roots), but otherwise the uniqueness of the sounds - thanks to the trimuverate producing and programming as per SOME GREAT REWARD and CONSTRUCTION - and production make it stand up today.
Bolshy, Powerful and near damn perfect...pick up a copy now!