Well,I've been waiting for 'Beyond...' for a some time. As a long time Stranglers and Cornwell fan (got to get a plug in for XTC, by the way)....here's how I see it upon a second listening. It's very, very good...if not great. Starting off strong with Land of a Thousand Kisses and Cadiz,it is consistant in its cleverness and maturity. (Hugh and I were born in the same year by the way). The only disappointment seems to be Under Her Spell, which sounds like Robyn Hitchcock, which isn't bad, but what the hell, why not sound like yourself? 24/7 is a great homage to the master.........and Hugh is a prize pupil. With all the dreck flooding the airwaves, Beyond...is a welcome addition to modern culture. Too bad only a select few will hear it.
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