This is an astonishing work. One that Steve Harley fans probably always suspected he was capable of producing. And, boy, he's more than surpassed their expectations. Honestly? If this album doesn't end up in your top ten list of favourite albums of all time, I'll eat my own socks.
Of course, Harley could not have produced this work all on his own; there's the band to consider. Well, from the deceptively straightforward opening track "Faith and Virtue" to the soaring closing tracks of "Before They Crash the Universe" and the truly spectacular "2,000 Years From Now" the musicians work hard to keep everything tighter than a rusted wing nut.
Not a duff track here; not one. On this album you'll find the subtle and the catchy, the gentle and the harsh - with a few surprises in store, including the plaintive "no hope" of No Bleeding Hearts that will circle in your mind for hours, and the plaintive cry of "Oh No!" that closes this remarkable album.
It's a work that is far more profound and multi-layered - and mysterious - than anything Harley has produced before. It WILL give you goose-bumps, guaranteed.
A truly outstanding album - as somebody else indicated here - for grown-ups.