While the general consensus on Gatecrasher albums is that Red, Wet and Black are the best, in terms of production quality, mixing innovation and atmosphere this is up with all of them; in fact, it's aged better than them all, dare I say it. While the three mentioned are all classic albums, many of their tunes have simply been overplayed. This is not the case here, as many are underground selections and if they were spun often at the time, they are barely heard now. The tone here is harder and more pulsating than previous Gatecrasher albums, it drives on and on in a relentless beat with trance melodies layered over it, leaning towards progressive in some sections but always containing enough across the mix to not fall completely into that territory.
It is quite astonishing now to think that in the space of twelve months, Gatecrasher was able to fill eight discs over four albums with fresh, exciting and quality new material. That's exactly what they did though, and despite being the fourth album in a market full of new releases, this still manages to seem fresh and contain new tracks not seen previously on the label. The high point is possibly the start of Disc 1, mixing the beautiful timeless melody of Barber's 'Adagio For Strings' into the heartbreaking vocal of 'Another Day'. It works especially well on morning journeys in the car, when you need a gentle wake up call before the heavy beats kick in to get you going for the day.
This is a highly recommended purchase, and the cheaper of the first four albums second hand by quite some distance. If you're even slightly into the trance sound that made such waves in 1998-2000 before being mostly replaced by house, then you'll play this again and again and again.