As already remarked by one reviewer, this "live" album isn't what you'd be expecting after listening to any of the studio albums. However, I reckon Wilson and Bowness knew their own game well enough to realise in advance that to take that path wouldn't have worked.
What you get instead is a selection of No-Man material that has to a greater or lesser extent been reworked - playing spot the song can be an interesting pastime. There's both a greater edge and an enhanced intimacy here that surpasses what you find on the studio albums and No-Man reach greater heights than previously achieved. I'm not for one minute intending to denigrate the studio work, but I believe there's an approach here that could lead them somewhere well worth going to.
Before listening to this album, I don't think I'd have been all that bothered about No-Man live. Afterwards? I'd sell my mum to do so.
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