A good PSB album. Its closest sibling is probably NightlifeNightlife
and many of these upbeat melodic songs would not have been out of place on that 1999 CD.
The Way It Used To Be - the best track which thumps along nicely and has Neil's vocal taking the parts of two characters looking back on a past relationship.
Building A Wall - a real grower that really is about walls, and references the Berlin one, Hadrian's and probably the one in Neil's back garden.
All Over The World - almost a Domino Dancing and Tchaikowsky mashup. A pop song about pop music that should be heard all over the world.
Beautiful People - Johnny Marr's guitar brings a sixties flavour to proceedings. The character in the song is daydreaming that his/her boring life might be replaced by a glamorous celeb one; the anithesis to Love etc, the bouncy opening track, which says that money, fame and fast cars aren't what matter. It's love, silly.
Legacy - somewhat odd reflection on the loss of power of an ex-leader, probably Blair. Occasionally they do things like this - the mice, the film, The Sound of the Atom Splitting; we all make mistakes.
Pandemonium - starts off like the offspring of Blondie's Call Me and the theme from Doctor Who but never reaches those heights again (what could?).
More Than a Dream - Obama's presidential campaign to a disco beat.
Vulnerable - a typical PSB song that could have appeared on any PSB album in the last 25 years. That is not a criticism, by the way.
Did You See Me Coming - Johnny Marr's guitar introduces what sounds like a long lost track from Very.
The King of Rome - the only slow track here sees Neil looking for love and hoping for "your beautiful embrace" but we all know he's not going to get it.
So, all in all, what you'd expect. And if you were hoping for Margery Allingham, Napoleon's son, Jesus, the Man From Uncle, Captain Britain and Daphne du Maurier, you've struck gold. They are the best and we'll miss them when they've gone.