As someone who loves The Who, The Faces - and great music in all of its myriad manifestations - but has little time for Pete Townshend's largely self-indulgent, pointless solo output, I didn't hear this album until a German friend tipped me off in 2002. Holy mother of god! What a fantastic record this is. This is music of such delicacy and beauty, and a fair old deal of rhythm and swing, that it's hard to see how it isn't more widely celebrated in popular mythology.
Lane and Townshend play on eachother's songs, rather than collaborate on the writing, but who cares how they got these results? Get past the weak Townshend opener "My Baby Gives It Away" and there are just so many highlights.... Lane's reading of Clapton's "Annie" and - probably the best track of the album - his own "April Fool", Townshend's wonderful "Keep Me Turning" and "Heart To Hang Onto". I could go on, but time is pressing.
This is an album of magical, poignant moments, great tunes and dynamic performances. Who would have thought that there was still something this outstanding to discover from two musicians so famous? If you have enough interest in either of them to be reading these reviews, you should definitely buy this album immediately. You'll thank me later.