After soaking up all the wonderful Go Betweens records and starting on my discovery of the subsequent solo careers with Grant's warm and excellent "In Your Bright Ray," nothing could prepare me for this masterpiece.
The first thrill was to hear the immediately recognizable voice of another favorite, Syd Straw, on the very first track. Ignoring the odd grafting on of "Lighting Fires" from the previous album, this record strings together 18 masterful songs. The consistency and intensity of their quality is so great that sometimes I have to stop listening just so that I can absorb the song I've just heard before I move on to another.
The production and backing is perfection itself--the Athens, Georgia crowd really do Grant proud. Syd features all over the disc.
I am sure that there will be many more moments of joy that Grant McLennan will donate to my life, but it is hard to imagine that he will ever match this high water mark.
If you only keep 20 albums, this will be one of them.