Empires and Dance was a great title and concept with a small smattering of good and one great track that live up to the premise. This album(s) is/are really Empires and Dance Part 2 with the same concept in place (another great title) but much more fully realised here, and the music has become more muscular, more dance-orientated, confident and cohesive. The drive / aggression of the rhythm section propel each track, the keyboards and the spare guitar work add colour and atmosphere and Jim Kerr is at his absolute inspired best here. Each track is a European mini epic. My favourites are In Trance As Mission (love these titles), Love Song, 70 Cities as Love Brings the Fall, Theme for Great Cities and, my absolute favourite, Seeing Out the Angel.
This is drummer Brian McGee's last album with the band and he is greatly missed, even on the following majestic New Gold Dream.