Musically near-perfect - the Quine/Saunders-driven line-up is the best band Lou ever played with bar The V.U. after all - but lyrically patchy, The Blue Mask is a curiously over-rated album (especially by middle-aged American rock critics) but definitely not an out-&-out "bad" one.
Personally, I prefer Legendary Hearts - released the following year & recorded with Quine & Saunders again - but a composite of the finest dozen songs from both albums would undoubtedly be one of Lou's finest EVER.
Highlights: "The Gun" (one of his most powerful post-V.U. songs), "Underneath The Bottle", "Waves of Fear", "The Heroine", "Heavenly Arms", & the searing title track.
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