In my early-80s bohemian days, when men dared to wear eyeliner and MTV was beginning its takeover, when I was discovering Life and all its possibilities and learning to write, this record, which I owned on a tape I almost wore out, was a significant part of my soundtrack. I did like Soft Cell's technogothic pulse kept visceral by Marc Almond's absinthe-and-opium vocals. This is a revelation. Musically diverse, consistently well sung, scathingly honest and Romantic in all senses of the word, it is a cry of the heart from a hell of society's manufacture, and yet there is an undeniable love of the urban environment here. This music is sensual in all senses: I've created so many films in my head to the goth-street-anthem "Gutter Hearts", to the bluesily horrific "Ugly Head" and "Solos Adultos", to the sublime "Tenderness is a Weakness", a torch song so ravishing I'm amazed scores of singers haven't lined up to cover it. Almond's misfits and runaways and rent boys and doomed lovers deserve a reintroduction; I'm appalled this is as hard to find on CD as it is. Rerelease on a major label might be a nice get-well present for Marc.