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hidden but worth finding,
This review is from: 1234 (Audio CD)
The pleasures of this album are less strident than those of A Secret Wish, requiring many more listens to fully excavate, but it's well worth the effort. Certainly, in 1990 it came as a surprise to encounter this subtle and seductive new sound. Only One Word, however, is a classic (much enhanced by a couple of blistering David Gilmour guitar solos) and the closing instrumental, La Carne La Morte e il Diavolo, is none the worse for its nagging resemblance to Ennio Morricone's Chi Mai. A nice through-line from the previous Propaganda is provided by the fragment of Susanne Freytag vocal included on the sinister opener Vicious Circle, and Betsi Miller's lead vocals elsewhere on the album lend a disorientating touch of MOR to an otherwise forbidding sound. It's a pity, however, that two B-sides from this period - Open Spaces and Count Zero - are not included on the CD.