When this album originally appeared it was greeted with pretty much universal indifference. His previous album (the pop masterpiece "The Golden Section" (TGS)) had underperformed, but this sank without trace.
Which is a shame, as it is a fine album.
It is easy to dismiss it is over-matter from TGS, but whilst at first glance it appears to cover the same territory, deeper listening reveals quite a different work...
Whereas TGS was an exuberant, romantic and celebratory outpouring, IMW is a more introspective affair with a sparser sound (though only by comparison with TGS).
There is some great, anthemic pop (Stars on Fire, What Kind of a Girl, Enter the Angel) aching ballads (Morning Glory, In Mysterious Ways, Stepping Softly) and even a chunky rocker (This Side of Paradise).
The sound on this issue is far superior to the CD that was issued in 1985.
This issue has good booklet notes, lyrics, and three bonus tracks ('b' sides from the two singles). All are excellent and well worthy of inclusion (Though I'm certain my 12" of Enter the Angel credited the song now called Hiding in Plain Sight as 'Stairway'...)
I'd have like the two 'extended' versions of the singles to have been included... but I guess you can't have everything...
Mabye John Foxx could release a CD of the Virgin 12" versions? That would be very nice indeed... :)
But I digress, this is a fine and rewarding album that is well worth the pennies of any lover of melodic, well performed pop...