Usually when I have a new CD, I play it once or twice and the put it aside for a while. This one though has been played at least ten times since I got it less than two days ago. Though recorded in 1980, the record sounds as fresh as if issued just recently. This is driving, melodic rock, with chord changes reminiscent of Elvis Costello - understandably, considering the period it was recorded, yet there's absolutely nothing outdated about this record. "Crosstalk" confirms that the Pretty Things are one underrated outfit if ever there was one. There may be better musicians around, but for sheer spirit and conviction these guys are hard to beat. And this is what rock is all about, isn't it. "Crosstalk" is as brilliant as the recent "Rage Before Beauty", another overlooked gem of a record, and anybody who owns these two will just certainly dig deeper into the Pretties' catalogue. I can't wait to hear what these rebellious men in their fifties come up with next. It will put most of today's self-professed "rock" musicians to shame.