on 22 December 2008
The Mk 2 version of this British progressive collective delivered pretty much what Transatlantic Records sought in their bid for greater diversity only less erratically so than their debut `Open Spaces'. Whilst still stylistically diverse (jazz, prog, folk even a touch of lounge), 'Space Cabaret' is more focussed. Melody is a stronger feature and - post the departure of former leader Ed Lee and others - the admirably tight and cohesive interplay of the revised CMU line-up (pretty much recording this live in the studio) delivers a recognisably progressive rather than experimental result that's catchy if somewhat dated. Dissenters will argue the case for the Mk 1 Contemporary Music Unit as a truly innovative force that flew in the face of conventional wisdom. It was. But this is the more accessible entertainment.