After the phenomenal success in their homeland, Australian Crawl broke up for various reasons, and lead singer and main songwriter James Reyne simply had to go solo. This debut from 1988 was a stunning first effort by anybody's standard. The album spawned a no.1 single, "Motor's too fast", which is about the most pop-oriented song on the album. The songs vary from almost hippie-esque whimsy ("Burning Wood") thru very original and stylish pop-rock to a hard-hitting, angry rocker in "The Traveller" to close the album. (Early pressings of this album closed with the slow-paced and strange "Coin in a plate", replaced here with "Motor's too fast") Reyne penned all of the songs, some with help from long-time collaborator Simon Hussey, plus others, also Olivia Newton John features as a backup vocalist. Altogether this is a absolutely essential "must-hear" job. Sadly, James Reyne remains virtually unknown in UK; his subsequent albums maintain the same astonishing streak of originality, and along with Reyne's unique vocal style and phrasing, have produced some of the best music I've heard anywhere...ever. He is still producing high quality music to this day, although in a much more laid-back vein. The standard of craftmanship remains very high, and all of his music is well worth checking out in depth. Recommended in particular is "The Whiff of Bedlam" and "Any Day above ground". Go for it...discover something entirely different and exciting.