The previous album Irlish showed a promising sign that Gilbert O'Sullivan could still write songs of amazing originality and lyricism. When I listened to this album, it immediately brought me back the wonderful memories of when I first encountered O'Sullivan's deeply moving songs in the 70s. Every song in this album has the same striking uniqueness and melodiousness of the songs included in O'Sullivan's great albums released in the 70-80s.
In sharp contrast to 'Irlish', 'Piano Foreplay' has a jam session-like feeling, with some influence of modern jazz which is reminiscent of Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years. O'Sullivan himself mentions the arrangements were done without use of synthesizer and drum machine, but with basic instruments like piano, keyboard, guitar, double bass to achieve live-like feeling. Another feature of this album is that it includes many great love songs of gentle wistfulness like 'Make my day', 'God forbid', 'I gave mine to you', 'You, me and the garden post', and 'What's it all supposed to mean?'
This is no doubt one of the most memorable albums in decades and the one I cherish alonside his 5 albums released in the 70s. The source of inspiration for songwriting seems inexhaustible for O'Sullivan, nor his passion for creativity!