Hugh Cornwell, unlike his peers, has long suffered the stigma and backlash from his days of journalist-baiting during his prolific and progressive time with The Stanglers. He has consistently answered his critics in the only way he knows how - by producing finely crafted songs, merging exquisite lyrics and sublime tunes. This album is accessible to all non-officianados. It's opening track starts with the words "I'm gonna try and steal a car..." A very interesting lyric and one which, as always, stimulates the mind. The second track, 'Snapper', seemingly comes from the author's love of Red Snapper, the fish. However, if one listens carefully, there could be another meaning entirely... The band backing Hugh on this album are all accomplished musicians. The backline is forceful and provides a stunning back drop to Hughs unique vocal styling and provide the perfect canvass for the stident guitars and keyboards. The standout tracks have to be 'Nerves Of Steel' and 'Blach Hair, Black Eyes, Black Suit'. Both tracks amply demonstrate why this man of few words excels in continuing to battle for the underdog and rally those battered by the storms of everyday life and urge those concerned to carry on in the face of any adversity. This album proves why the man was right to leave The Stranglers who continue to record. Hugh took the songwriting talent with him when he left, of this, there is no doubt.