I didn't like 'Immunity', which I bought after I was swept away on a sea of bliss and admiration by this audacious and superbly imaginative album from Rupert Hine.
He gave a radio interview at the time, going through the concept, the ideas and the collaboration with lyricist Jeanette Obstoj (who I think he said was Icelandic) and subsequent recording process. The album title, a line from a poem by Stevie Smith underlined the sense of alienation and paranoia that Rupert wanted to convey.
I found the whole (original LP) album intelligent, wonderfully varied and experimental but only to a degree that enhanced the album. Each 'story', I felt was like a short film, each vividly portraying a human condition, an Amnesty outrage, something far more and deeper than my usual synth pop fodder at the time.
Rupert's voice isn't the best and with these songs he's not trying to make them sound the best - he's making statements, doing something others weren't. If I had to pick two favourite tracks, 'The Outsider' has always been one I liked best and 'The Set Up' with the atmospheric 'Dark Windows' with its sampled recording of actual thunder also outstanding.
I bought this on vinyl when it first came out decades ago and still listen to it many times over. It is musically strong - all the tracks are memorably listenable and enjoyable - and all have the same kind of feel as Immunity with a dark edge or menace and the feeling of mental instability that creates a sense of unease to go with the strong musical structure. (Kwok's Quease is the only poor track (thankfully short) - a bonus track not on the original vinyl). Excellent CD overall - a classic.
This album isn't as consistent as some of Hine's material, but there are at least three stunning tracks that make you sit up and take notice. In particular, Dark Windows is a beautiful song, and House Arrest repays careful listening.