In common with some other reviewers I have to confess to being initially put off by the vocals on this album. Pretentious, overbearing and a bit daft were my first thoughts ("Apple pies, apple pies, we're all eating apple pies"). This one's not for me I thought (can't complain, No Hassle was brilliant and at least they're trying something new). But then I listened again, and if you've enjoyed Tosca's stuff in the past, I would recommend you do the same. Somehow, as you get into the album, the music and the mood take over pushing the vocals back into the mix. What you're left with is an absorbing, dark, beautiful album, full of unexpected moments, unexpected instrumentation (loads of guitars!) and one that is much more coherent than it first appears. I've got to say I've found it well worth the effort (and it's worth considering the deluxe version available through the !K7 website which includes the equally beguiling live, and vocal free, cd).