This is Daniel Ash's least excellent album, which is not to say that it isn't very good it just doesn't achieve the same heights as his other work. The first side opens with a gorgeous pop swagger, however the following textured ballad lets the momentum drop for a moment. It is only for a moment, though, as the sleazy grooves of 'Bluebierd' and 'Dream Machine' kick in. Side one closes with the rock-monster single 'Get out of Control' and you're feeling turned-on and ready for more.
Side two opens with the bland textured ballad(again) 'The Void'. The next track is the worst it's like a Jeseus and Mary Chain out-take.
At this point it becomes clear that the formula of solo artist and producer going it alone in the studio with no band-mates to keep you on your toes does not work here. However just as an excellent opening half appears to be lost Daniel comes back with a rocked-up version of the glorious opening track, and yes it tops the first version. Then we get the killer K.O. of 'The Hedonist' which lifts the roof off the proceedings. This should have been the end but alas it's not there's another bland ballad to steal the beauty of that 'faux finale'.
I hate to say it but this could have been a better record with seven or eight of these songs. This album is definitely worth buying if you're a fan of L&R or bauhaus. But as an attempt to create a perfect Alt-Pop record it fails for the lack of Kevin Haskins with a whip. (As evidence of this take the superior preceeding solo album 'Coming Down' which boasted the assistance of the awesome L&R drummer.) The programmed drums fall just short of a 'real groove' on the rocky songs and there's too much reverb overall. These are small hairsplitting criticisms which only attest to the highest standards which we have come to expect from Daniel Ash. Roll on Mr. Ash