This is certainly no tired retread by old guys going through the motions. There is genuine energy here, and real commitment too: `Live' gets it all going with rousing piano, guitar and chorus, and `Rise', `Satellite' and `Lie' are all intriguing and memorable examples of their up-tempo work. `Flow' marries interesting percussion and guitar with stand-out vocals, a combination that gives way to a raucous synthesiser crescendo, while `Change' is mellower but is a memorable melody. `Hello' is where the synthesiser - guitar combination goes truly berserk in classic fashion, and is also an example of a song which grows convincingly on you the more you listen. And this is a real strength of the group for me: the songs throughout their work, from `Vienna' up to the present, reveal hidden depths even after years of listening, and there are few artists who manage that in my opinion. The real highlights of the album may however be the slower, more reflective songs: there is real emotion and poignancy in `One', `Contact' and `Remembering'. The latter in particular is truly moving in its examination of grief.
So this is an album that is energetic, demonstrating the renewed joy and chemistry of recording together again after so long, but also reflective and thoughtful. It saddens me that it hasn't so far had the sales that it deserves, partly as a result of the prejudice of reviewers in the press who seek to find fault rather than to recognise what quality is evident. I suppose it was unrealistic to expect a huge audience after nearly thirty years, but if you like your music well thought out, memorable and skilfully sung and played, you need look no further.