on 23 August 2000
I have to admit that I didn't like this albums predecessor 'Guitars and Other Machines' partly due to Stephen Street's squeaky-clean production, and partly to the synth and drum sounds, which have dated badly. Street is still on board here, but the sound is much more organic and timeless, a return to Reilly's trademark guitar textures (even Spanish guitar on the dramatic Flamenco of 'Homage to Catalonia') What is perhaps then a little ironc then is that this album also saw the ground-breaking use of the sampler. Granted, not in the fashion that The Young Gods or Public Enemy were using them, but, by sampling blues and opera singers and weaving them subtly into his work, Reilly was suddenly ahead of the pack (and 10 years ahead of Moby). Anyway, sink into the beauty of tracks like 'Love No More' and 'Requiem Again' (humour amongst the melancholy), avoid tracks with percussion on them and check out Reilly's subtle and minimalist attack on Thatcherite England. All that AND change from a tenner.