"Whisper To a Scream" and "Love Is a Wonderful Colour" are two of the great singles of the 80s, from one of the most underrated albums of the era. The album holds up quite well even 20 years (!) later, as a young man's memoir, full of wonder, uncertainty and optimism. This is sweeping, shimmering, melodic rock, comparable in the best ways to another Liverpool gem from the same year, "Ocean Rain" by Echo & the Bunnymen. The band's subsequent albums never really managed to live up to the consistent standards set by this one. They all have their moments, found on "The Best of the Icicle Works," but don't short change yourself the experience of hearing their great debut in its entirety.
NB I had the good fortune of seeing the band in a club performance on their first (and only, if I am not mistaken) US tour in 1984. The three of them managed to produce a grand wall of noise that accurately reproduced the heavily layered sound on the album. Fantastic show. Also met them afterwards and they were extremely nice.