This is not a review of the music itself, since its merits are well documented. 5 stars, and a truly excellent album.
This is a hybrid SACD, containing a normal CD layer and the high-fidelity SACD layer. It'll replace your old CD version just fine. If you've got the right equipment, it sounds glorious in SACD, as it should: more acoustic than a CD, instruments are more separate, and the bass / treble are clearer.
I've bought this album 4 times already! Vinyl, CD, remastered CD and now SACD.
However, this probably won't be the last version. This is NOT SURROUND. Having invested in surround gear, I've been waiting for this album (along with Spirit of Eden), and I was very disappointed that a surround mix is not here. Such a shame (excuse the pun).
This album would be *bliss* in surround, one of the most worthy albums ever. I'm assuming that the band and EMI are still not talking, hence making a new mix would be tricky (and should always be done with the band's involvement). I hope that EMI realise what they've got here, and that it's not just laziness.
Anyway, should a surround mix be done one day, I'll be buying it a 5th time. I just can't stop myself!