After The Colourfield split up Chrysalis slit had enough faith in Terry Hall to come up with the goods they allowed him to credit this album Terry, Blair and Anoushta when issuing it as a solo venture by cash cow Terry Hall may have appealed more to their accountants.
With the two part harmony backing vocals the album is more attuned to Fun Boy Three than any other of the Hall canon and the feminine touch makes this a very light and poppy collection. This is most apparent on with jazz standard `Three Cool Catz' which is very reminiscent of FB3 45 `T-aint What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) which was lifted by the backing singing of the then unknown Bananarama.
Title song `Ultra Modern Nursery Rhyme' sets the standard for the album with it's child like naivety being thrown into sharp contrast by the cynical and deadpan lead vocals. These work especially well on `Missing' a song on divorce which would dove tail nicely into any west end musical climax and the fantastic `Fishbones and Scaredy Cats' which still makes me laugh nearly twenty years after I first heard it.
The arrangements on this album are perhaps a little samey however it is a fantastic listen, highly recommended.
Hooks that will stay with you for days. Although the production is a bit too compressed in places, this really is an expert lesson in songwriting. Best tracks 'Fishbones & Scaredy Cats' and 'Sweet September Sacrifice.' This is one purchase that you will not regret.
One of the most overlooked and forgotten gems. From the splendor of the Terry Hall tongue, this outing with Blair Booth and Anouchka is truly a great find. They blend whimsical lyrics, catchy hooks and uplifting rhythms. Think of Mamas & Papas meets Lighting Seeds.