I had to put the general time of the CD in the title as you will not notice the length when you sit and listen to this - it flies by. From the time you've er...gone, from Go it only seems a few seconds until the 'not so' hidden track comes shimmying from the speakers. The album really is a joy.
Probably best appreciated by hardened fans, the band have reworked some of the obvious and not so obvious selections of the Hogarth era albums.
Go, bristles with emotion, with the final refrain of 'wide awake at the end of the world' pulling at every heartstring. A lot of bands would have chosen 'easy' tracks to attempt acoustically but not this lot, oh no, we have Interior Lulu a prog rock epic from the .com album stripped back to bells, chimes, acoustic guitars, all very weird yet all very wonderful. Hard as Love so bombastic from Brave is now a slow ballad, with the vocal assualt in the finale now a group lullaby. Most of the songs are so reworked its hard to tell the song unless looking at the cover or waiting for Mr H to start singing. And how he sings on this CD. With the band stripped back, his voice is even more to the fore, every break, crack, draw a breath is exposed and it really is fantastic to hear.
The only things that annoys me about this album is that it wont reach a massive audience, but then again, if they were huge the magic may not be as good? Keep it quiet people, shhh, but this album is very very good.