I've long been a fan of Haines' music, in all its guises, and rarely indeed, for such a prolific musician, I've never been disappointed in any of his albums. "After Murder Park" is maybe my very favourite of his, but this one is damn close. Haines surpasses himself lyrically with "The Oliver Twist Manifesto". Musically, I feel he's refined his arrangements and instrumentations perfectly to meet the material. "Never Work", "Discomania", the title track... every song is great. By turns affecting, scathing, amusing, it is an album that fits together finely. It seems that Mr Haines is indeed the "brightest thing on the roster!" A truly splendid, very listenable album.