Having discovered this summer (2007) on Amazon that all Magazine's back catalogue has been re-issued on CD, I bought this to complete my collection.
This was Magazine's final album, originally released in 1981 just after the band split up. Howard Devoto had been increasingly frustrated at not achieving mainstream success and with the pre-album single release "About The Weather" failing to chart, he quit the group.
Most importantly though, this is no half-hearted effort. It is a strong album and the decision to split was made after recording. The biggest flaw with the record is Martin Hannett's production - sounds great musically but no emphasis on vocals. Howard's vocals sound much better than on previous LP's - but he seams to either whisper, or most of the time he is simply drowned out by the music. No lyrics in the CD booklet doesn't help either, although there are detailed notes about the band in the period working up to and beyond this LP.
It is an album which repays repeated listening. The first time I heard it was on my car CD where I couldn't deciper the words and the first track in particular 'About The Weather', (a Tamla Motown sound-alike) sounds too trebly.
Highlights of this CD are 'About The Weather', 'So Lucky' - which defines the typical Magazine sound - bass heavy, and 'Come Alive' - a more outgoing song with swirly synths that sounds like early Gary Numan.
I'd recommend buying this, but also get the Howard Devoto book of lyrics which I've just ordered from Black Spring Press Ltd.