After the success of 'New Boots...', Ian Dury and his band conquered the singles market with 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick', a daft, but colourful song which hinted at the musical direction of this album. Infectious funk and gentle reggae dominates, showcasing the brilliance of the musicians backing their charismatic leader. Dury's fertile imagination continues to explore new wordplays, but the songs are overall not as hard-hitting as on the previous album. Perhaps significantly, the most impressive song is the one which most closely resembles the lyrical approach on 'New Boots...', 'This Is What We Find'. It consists of a series of character sketches, during which 'Harold Hill...finds someone else's kippers underneath his grill' and features the word 'jubblyfied' years before Del Boy got his jaws on it. Otherwise, the character portraits which were liberally scattered across the earlier album are absent.
Nevertheless, most of the songs are winners. The sluggish, relatively monotonous 'Waiting For Your Taxi' is the weakest track and 'Dance Of The Screamers' is mild by Dury's standards, but most of the tracks improve with each listen. The addition of hit singles as bonuses bolsters the reissue. The demos are, as is usual, probably only of interest to completists, but the live stuff is interesting. Dury and Co never matched 'New Boots...' but this is still a worthwhile purchase.