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Possibly his greatest album....
on 15 August 2005
Having lived with this album for nine years now, I have seen it become my most played EC album.
There are two main reasons for this. First there is the quality of the songs, which are of a very high standard indeed, some of his best lurk within these grooves. And secondly there is the arrangements, which bring out the quality of the songs. His two previous efforts (Mighty Like a Rose and Brutal Youth) had been fairly angry affairs, this one is mostly more reflective with a warmth that had not previously been heard on EC albums.
This is an album that consists of nothing but highlights. There simply aren't any weak songs to be heard, but I would pick out Starting to Come to Me, Little Atoms and Why Can't a Man Stand Alone as obviously strong tracks, with the first one sounding like it should have been a big hit.
But what of the second disc? Is it worth upgrading?
Yes it is. Almost Ideal Eyes, My Dark Life, That Day is Done and The Bridge I Burned are great songs that aren't on the album CD and all are great songs. The demos are obviously included with fans in mind, but offer some interesting alternative views of the songs, and make for an enjoyable listening experience.
The only rivals, in my experience, for best EC album are King of America and When I Was Cruel. Every EC fan should own all three, especially as KOA now comes in a brilliant expanded edition...