The hardcore Bunnymen fans who have followed Mac's solo efforts with more than passing interest no doubt were buoyed to discover Mac was working on his first proper solo outing since the underrated "Mysterio," released some 11 years ago. They will not be disappointed. Nor should the--hopefully--legions of new fans who flock to this brilliant, shimmering collection of songs. Though blasphemous to Bunnymen fans, I'll say it anyways --untethered by Will Sargeant's magic wand, Mac's solo efforts do something unexpected -- they soar. From the remarkable "Candleland," to the impressive song-cycle of "Mysterio," to the stripped-down, straight-ahead rock-pop of "Slideling," Mac's solo works stand up proudly to the Bunnymen's best. Can't really say "Slideling" is Mac's "best" solo effort thus far -- they're all pretty amazing. But rest assured that Mac's scary gift for blending melody, harmony, lyrics and the best vocals on the planet are in full sonic display. From blissful rockers like "Love in Veins," "Seasons," and "High Wires," to wistful, yet emotionally-charged ballads like "Playgrounds and City Parks," "Sliding," and "Kansas," to soaring show-stoppers like "She Sings" and "Stake Your Claim," this collection simply confirms what Bunnymen fans across the globe already know -- Mac is the greatest singer-songwriter there is. He knows it. So do we.