9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2000
This is the only recent vocal work by Bill Nelson to benefit from anything like a proper production job, and even though it was still recorded relatively quickly, it just shows what he can sound like given the chance. Sadly lost in an over-prolific output, this is an utter post-modernist gem, which encompasses all Bill Nelson stands for, from the retro 50s modernist sci-fi sound evolved from the BeBop Deluxe days (the brilliant opening and closing tracks), to the gorgeous ambient "V-Ghost", to the references to his work with Channel Light Vessel ("I'm in excellent spirits, babe")..there is not a weak track here. It only loses a star because by hell he COULD do even better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2005
Undoubtably, one of Bill's best solo albums with a great variety of styles from soft,haunting melodies to hard driving rock with a heavy blues influence.Bill never ceases to amaze with his ability to write and perform highly original material. a MUST for all "Nelsonites".
on 14 October 2011
Some of THE best lyrics Bill has ever written "Well, the wild fandango thunders on, An awesome proposition...It's times like these that fire up My sweetest disposition...They say that wonders never cease, They speak of fabulous things...But reason has it's share of doubt And dark imaginings...". Add in driving drums'n'bass that make the world spin faster on it's axis and soaring guitar solos that exceed escape velocity. This is what Be-Bop Deluxe, Red Noise and even the quieter solo work led to in 1996. A tour-de-force of much that had gone before - and future echoes of elements that have re-surfaced in the years that followed. There's an incredible beauty in many of the tracks here, and plug this CD into the mains and you could power the planet. Buy, listen, enjoy - and then listen again but turn the volume up!