Firstly, well done to Virgin (and the band) for getting these generally pristine reissues out there - I have replaced all 3 on vinyl, and a few 12" singles to boot! "How Men Are" is very plush, but not americanised in sound (like the variable "Pleasure One"). There are jabs and jibes aplenty here lyrically, during quite turbulent times, most against a great musical backdrop. "5 Minutes..." is a suitable starter, with gasps and hooligan chorus yells, and leads you into the rest of a more melodic album than the previous two. I personally love "This Is Mine", "Flamedown" and "Shame Is On The Rocks", with nods to their past still aplenty, amongst some incredible vocal harmonies. "Skin I'm In" could equally be about aging or love, and "That's No Lie" could also be about love failing, or something far more politically potent.
That's what makes H17 stand out, they can offer an apparent pop song, but on different levels listeners can interpret to their heart's content!
The sound is excellent throughout, and the bonus tracks include the bizarre dubby Cinemix of "Mine" (only the Filmix has appeared on CD before, I recall). Maybe not quite as incisive or influential as their first two albums, this still shows their craft off well - buy it whilst it's easy to get hold of!