Twenty years in the making (although carefully constructed from 2009-2011 on his rebuilt, solar powered 1930's LifeBoat on the Suffolk coast) Thomas Dolby's first new long player since 1992's Astronauts & Heretics, relies on solid songwriting and melody rather than gimicky electronic grooves and is all the better for it. The usual excellent production values and quirky lyrical and sonic flourishes one comes to expect from Mr Dolby are all here, & throughout the 11 songs on the main disk only a couple of tracks failed to hit the mark for me (notably Toadlickers and Road to Reno)as these ultimately stray too close to the more throwaway tendencies in TMDR's poppier work. Split into 3 distinct continents (Urbanoia, Amerikana & Oceanea) this album contains some brand new tracks that will go down as instant classics to those who are fans of his more introspective (and sadly, less well known) work. In this area, AMOTFC doesn't disappoint with 'Oceanea, Evil Twin Brother 17 Hills & Simone' all now solid favourites that more than hold their own with the likes of Weightless, Screen Kiss, I Love You Goodbye and Budapest By Blimp from his previous albums. The 2 disc edition also contains instrumental versions of the 11 main tracks as well a the single mix version of Spice Train, a raw demo of 17 Hills and an old school Dolby electro groove track 'I'm Not Your Dog' which I also love to bits & would have loved to have seen added to the main disk as part of the 'Urbanoia' section. The 2 disc set is extremely well packaged and is an essential purchase for any fan of Thomas Dolby. All in all a welcome return to the industry for a truly original artist & producer who was often overlooked in the 1980's. Buy this album, you will not be disappointed.