Firstly, I got into the coopers the minute they came out, why? Back then I was an angry young man who needed music to get drunk and break stuff to. They provided me with the ammo. This has since changed, although I still think STTAL is one of my favourite albums of all time, I have moved on from that phase. Regarding a few of the review on this page (and the offical forum) I think a few of the Team Cooper fans hold themselves in very high regard bordering on pretentious, some even cross the line and are pure snobbish.
If you were to hold this album up to the other two It's obviously not going to be the same, things change etc. But it's not a bad album it just lacks the innovation the others had in abundance, but to be fair these boys had to make a go at breaking the big time I can't see any record company holding onto a flailing band.
Unfortunately their choice to go commercial failed to attract their target audience and also alienated a lot of interested ears/fans. If you were to hold this album up stuff from other bands out there then It would compete with any of them as far as melodies and accessability goes, but there just wasn't enough PR or push from the record company which suggests to me that the Cooper Temple Clause could be soon going unvoluntarily indie, which is a shame.
I recommend this album because I have held it up against the efforts from other bands and not the bands past offerings. Surely the Cooper Temple Clause can get away with 'Waiting Game' if the Kaiser Cheifs can get away with a song, so clichéd in 'Ruby' it's embarrassing, and still be called great.
Unfortunately for too many fan's it just wasn't the time or the place, and a band that once let them arrogantly point fun at commerical loving funsters for their lack of innovation (whilst all the time craving success for the Coopers), has now gone and set fire to their very pedistal.