on 15 March 2010
In album after album Stephen Jones has proved himself one of the most talented and distinct voices in British music, and ex-maniac is as good as ever. Wrapping bitter & twisted tales within beautifully crafted tunes he ploughs a lonely furrow, and produces little jewels. Nothing here will trouble the charts or cause Simon Cowell a sleepless night, but very little of true quality ever does, so buy this album, go and see the tour, and support a national treasure ..
on 13 March 2010
After a four-year gap, it is so pleasing to see Stephen Jones back on the scene with such an enjoyable album. Got to admit, I was a bit sceptical at first, as in the intervening years there has been so much superb new music, I had forgotten what I originally loved about Babybird.
This Lp is up there with Babybird's best, containing darkly tragi-comic lyrics and some of the most commercial melodies/arrangements Stephen has ever written.
My current favourite is Failed Suicide Club, but there are many moments of great joy to be had here. Please don't leave it so long next time.
on 27 March 2010
This album is great. Mr. Jones never disappoints. He is wry, menacing and succinct, swathed in a blanket of beauty, like a candy coated pill. He is in my top 5 "favorite artist". Keep on doing what you do until I'm 65 and fat. Please.
on 17 August 2013
A fine return from the dark mind of Stephen Jones. From the first lyric of the album 'I will kill you...' , you know what kind of territory we are in, with the usual brand of dark, sometimes disturbing, yet always excellent music with a hint of accessible pop to mask the often sinister overtones. While it may lack some of the more instantly hitting music found on some of Babybird's other albums, this is a fine recording which never falters. Truly excellent.