Yes I have heard this album many many times and yes I've already reviewed it before under my old name but I felt it was time to do something more in depth with it than I did before. Paul Weller's earlier records for with the Style Council tended towards the relatively diverse and met with mixed results. For the most part the results of this album commercially weren't mixed,and they weren't that great either. Since my original review I've come to the conclusion that has to do with this music by and large is not only uptempo but is based in different varieties of funk. Obviously inspired by the music that Jam & Lewis were putting out during this time period "It Didn't Matter" resulted in,musically one of the finest singles the band had put together thus far with it's strong synth bass line,rhythm guitar and fairly slow dance beat-great in the mid 80's funk context. "Right To Go" is just out and out funk with one of the finest and most obvious basslines of any of their songs and features an Regan/Thatcher-based political rap by the UK's own Dynamic Three. "Heavens Above" ups the tempo a bit and concentrates heavily on the drumming and the rhythm and does so with a well executed use of horns. On "Fairy Tales" and the title song there's a bit more of a balance between the slower beat and the horn oriented sound. There are also three ballads here in "Waiting",which is beautifully structured 80' soul in the same way as "Angel" and "A Woman's Song" are. Perhaps it was the heavy funk and R&B content from someone like Weller,who apparently had other expectations by him from the following he had eariler. Earlier Style Council music by and large focused on 60's R&B and soul-jazz with only the occasional nod to this type of music,however slickly it was produced. However this album thoroughly acknowledged the 70's in the music and because of the closeness to that decade maybe it wasn't given the kind of recognition it truly does deserve. Especially considering the high quality of the songwriting,musicianship and general atmospherics.