Can't agree with Mr. Martin's review. At all.
Godley & Creme ended with, arguably, the most musical album of their career. That is, wonderfully musical. Joyously musical. The lyrics are mostly typical G&C - as humorous and witty as ever. Airforce One is as funny as anything they've ever written, and more musical.
A warning - the album is dark -- tempered as it is by that many more years than were the works of the 10cc and early solo days. It's called Goodbye Blue Sky for a reason.
The album is strong. There *are* a couple of sappy tunes that I can do without -- Golden Rings & Sweet Memory. They strike me as forced, and don't have the vitality or wit of the remaining songs. That said, the backing vocals on Golden Rings are outstanding. But more on that a bit later. Nine good or better tracks out of 11 is far better than most albums.
Kevin Godley has one of the richest voices in pop music (recall 10cc's Don't Hang Up and G&C's Cry), and he uses it to good effect on this album. Crime & Punishment, Big Bang and Desperate Times stand out.
There are two marvellous bonuses on this album.
Former Londonbeat colleagues Jimmy Chambers, Gene Chandler and Jimmy Helms feature prominently on background vocals throughout. Indeed, they open the album a capella. Sweet soul. Power & beauty. Breathtaking. And the interplay between Godley and CC&H on Don't Set Fire, 10,000 Angels and (in particular) The Last Page of History is sublime.
Additionally, Mark Feltham (of Nine Below Zero) and Mitt Gamon play harmonicas. Throughout. As tho' their lives depended on it. Exquisite. Like hawks, the notes soar, dive and intertwine. Sonic rapture.
Either bonus alone would make this album worth buying -- together with the strong writing, performances and production, they make this album a must-have if you like Godley & Creme. And you should seek out this album even if (you think) you don't like Godley & Creme.