Eno's first song album after leaving Roxy Music and emphatically establishes his far-sighted talent that was barely hinted at within the confines of Ferry's band. There is glam, there is 50's rock and roll, pre-punk punk, art rock, avant garde all mixed together in a surreal, alien brew.
There is a simplicity and almost amateurish wilfulness about this album, though there is no denying the sophistication of the material, arrangements and playing. Eno is at his playful, naughty best here. That even stretches to the album title, the meaning of which is reflected in one of the items shown on the album cover!
Best here is "Baby's On Fire" where Fripp produces one of his most blistering solos. "Driving Me Backwards" is darkly menacing. "Cindy Tells Me" is a gorgeous pop song which ends too soon. This album is what Roxy Music would have sounded like if helmed by Eno. All members bar Ferry appear and Eno even does a good impersonation of the crooner on "Dead Finks Don't Talk"!
A couple of comments about these re-issues. They are minimally packaged in digipaks which are housed in transparent plastic slip cases. These are not remasters as such, but new transfers taken from the original master tapes using the new Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format. This is state of the art as regards mastering onto compact disc. They have been transferred by Simon Heyworth who is one of the best in the business. He has made statements about the remastering of these recordings. Why change something that was done right originally! Eno was happy with the original mastering so what is needed is just the best transfer onto compact disc that is currently feasible. Whereas the original CD's sounded flat and thin, these transfers are much livelier and offer a fuller, more detailed sound.