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on 18 December 2008
There weren't many artists shunning electronic instruments in 1986. This brilliant debut married infectious songwriting to timeless analogue production and originality worthy of Kevin Coyne, early Bowie or Syd Barrett. Sadly the world at the time cared only for Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Simply Red and Sting, with MS&D relegated to student fare. Mind you, the group didn't exactly help the cause with the obscure title, stylised & out of focus front cover and wilfully eclectic song choice. In my view, the follow-up, Gladsome Humour and Blue flows far better as an album. But with superb tracks like Crocodile Cryer, Little Red Bottle, Rain and Running Water, this is a joyous and timeless collection of great songs.
For no particularly obvious reason, this reissue also contains a 'best of the Kitchenware albums' second disc - maybe for those returning 1986 fans who never bothered to make a follow-on purchase all those years ago? It's more of a sampler than a best of really, and Kitchenware are still clearly convinced that their desperate, cod-sophisticated remaster of Wholly Humble Heart improves on the perfection of the original.
Anyway, lie back, absorb and imagine a world where genius like this gets recognised and Bryan Adams, Sting, Phil Collins et al are reduced to playing private parties for cash on the side. And this is the perfect soundtrack album for any wishful daydreams.