Dear God, is it really 20 years since this forgotten gem was released? Back then, this seemed to be the sound of things to come (at least in Scotland, anyway). Great songs primarily, with witty, wordy lyrics, great upbeat tunes and a stomping beat. Uniquely Scottish too, with its combination of dry, self-deprecating wit, the hint of slightly bitter world weariness (at age of - what? - all of 24?), the feeling that there are better time around the corner...for others, at least ('only my dreams satisfy the needs of my heart'...)
The contrast between the irrestible tunes and the offbeat, sometimes melancholic but always intelligent lyrics was at the heart of the Orange Juice (and Edwyn Collins) experience, and probably the reason why he's never received the plaudits and commercial success his talent deserves. He's recorded good stuff since, but this was his first (and perhaps best) thing to get a major label release. Should you come across this in a second hand bin......don't even think twice, pick it up immediately.