How feeble does most guitar music from the eighties sound now? Pretty feeble, and most of its proponents have now disappeared, their angry rhetoric proven to be the empty bluff it was. Few have emerged from the period unscathed or looking like they still mean business, but Sean O'Hagan and Cathal Coughlan are still here and with foundations like these you can see why. Microdisney are a beautiful band, fearlessly choosing a route combining melody and craftmanship that confused and baffled those who saw guitar music as strictly a feedback or jingly-jangly thing. They produced music that sounded wounded, forlorn, angry and funny, usually all at once. They were brusied romantics, Cathal's rich vocals telling tales of exiles and layabouts searching for hope against Sean's intricate and always precise guitar playing. Never fashionable, never famous, they created a rock solid body of work that doesn't sound like anything else and this much-needed anthology is a beautuful document to that. Buy it, love it, live it.