This was RT and LT's third release and differs somewhat from their first two offerings in that musically this is their most restrained and introspective album of them all. Most of RT's early albums feature plenty of gloom and doom material and PDLS is no exception. 'The Poor Boy Is Taken Away', 'Hard Luck Stories' and the superb 'Night Comes In' are 3 good examples. The only upbeat songs in here are 'Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair' and 'Walking Through The Streets Of Paradise', but even these two are plodders at best, tempo-wise.
There is little in the way of RT guitar solos on the studio cuts with the exceptions of 'Dargai' and 'Night Comes In', the latter having a brilliant, if frugally played extended solo. Much of his guitar work is confined as a background instrument on the other tracks. Nevertheless this album has a lot of depth and spirituality to it and definitely improves on repeated plays. In fact it took me several plays before it really clicked, and it was worth the trouble. PDLS has gradually become one of my favourite RT albums of all time, but you have to be in the right mood to get the most out of it.
For some odd reason on my original vinyl copy the 1st four tracks are listed 5 - 8 here with 1 - 4 on the CD finishing off the album. Played in that order I find the album really flows that much better. 'Night Comes In' would seem to me to be the obvious closer in any case, but you can try it out and make up your own minds on that one.
PDLS is an excellent if heavy album, the music and lyrics are more than up to scratch and even RT's most bitter songs (Hard Luck Stories) still make one sit up and listen. It's a must-have for true RT fans.