This album represents a high water mark for Britiash progressive rock music and is truly yet another masterpiece from VDGG. It takes Peter Hammill's lyrical obssessions to the extreme and the band take their sound to the limit often stretching the constraints of studio technology. The bonus material is well worth a listen, I'd say try before you buy and avoid any live recordings included as bonuses because the audio quality is poor. Diminutions is a particualrly impressive bonus track that is unlike anything else the band have ever done in thir career and reminds of Brian Eno or minimalist composers of that ilk and would be somewhat at home on the 2001 A Space Odyssey soundtrack. The rest is of a charcateristically intense nature and takes some getting used to even for a die hard fan like myself.