Despite having numerous records by the British madcap, this is the music I return to, the music I most associate with Hitchcock. Everything gelled for him on this record, as if he were emerging from a long, dark, acoustic trip through the forest. Perhaps it is the maturation of the artist, or the presence of the Egyptians that coalesced Hitchcock's pop sensibilities. Whatever the case, the fact that this record languishes in obscurity is a total mystery to me; Hitchcock is among a dozen artists of the eighties that will be referenced time and again for their musical brilliance.
That said, there is a downside to this recording; it's a bit too long, especially considering the last few tracks might have worked better as b-sides rather than stretch an already brilliant album to the point of being merely good. In any case, I usually let 'Heaven' serve as the closer whenever making a cassette or burning a cd, although I am working on a remix that will let 'Goodnight, I say' close things out. Mixing is not my specialitiy, however, so until that happens, I merely snip.
Beg, borrow, or steal this record asap, and enjoy the goodness.