Scott Walker's sole 80's album is notably short, but makes up for this by being of a consistently high standard. With it's gated drum sound and fretless bass it is very much of it's era, although the orchestral arrangements look back to Walker's 60's work, and the prescence on two tracks of free music legend Evan Parker on saxophone hints at his later thornier work on Tilt and The Drift. At the time this sold very poorly; in retrospect it actually sounds as if this may have been intended as an attempt to create a commercial record that could sell in quantity, a strategy flawed by the lack of an obvious single. No more demanding than the contemporary works of Peter Gabriel, this is a disc that repays re-investigation. The major fault, and the reason I have this marked down to 4 rather than 5 stars is that several tracks sound under-developed and even too short (Walker's later work has exactly the opposite problems!). Not a lost masterpiece by any standards but well worth listening to.