Released in 1998 and, barring what seems to be an unlikely reformation, this album will sadly go down in history as the only one released by Sophie Ellis-Bextor's former band. Sophie, of course, has gone on to find fame as a solo artist - and while her solo releases are hitting higher chart positions I must admit to preferring what theaudience had to offer.
theaudience had six members and, as an indie-guitar-pop band, were lumped in with the Britpop movement. I bought the album in a fit of curiosity after hearing 'Groovejet', discovering it to be a definite 'grower' - the more I heard it, the more I grew to like it. The songs managed to be lyrically clever, without sounding pompous, tuneful, without any gratuitous guitar / keyboard / drum solos and totally lacking in vocal histrionics. I find it a bit confusing that an album of this quality was relatively ignored.
As far as I know, four singles were released by the band, all of which are included on this album. A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed and I Know Enough (I Don't Get Enough) were probably catchier than the others (I Got The Wherewithal, If You Can't Do It When You're Young), but for me there better songs on the album – especially Mr. Doasyouwouldbedoneby, Keep in Touch and You Get What You Deserve.
An album to listen to while relaxing late at night – not one I ever expect to get tired of !