A VERY Under-rated Album
JasonNY | New York, NY | 08/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It took me a while to really get into this album; I always liked Phantasmagoria a lot but thought this was nowhere near as good. I was wrong. This album has some top-rate songs, including a cover of Alone Again Or, the old Love song (not "Love Song", but rather Alvin Lee & Love), the title track, which is clearly intended to sound like a really good Iggy solo song, and the classic In Dulce Decorum. Psychomania also rocks, and there are some pretty good slow songs on here. This is NOT just for hard-core Damned fans; it's a great album, and it's a travesty that it's out of print."
NOT FOR PUNKERS, but true music fans
Len C. Kiel | 02/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was not received well by most fans of the Damned, because it was so far removed from their early "punk" sound, but it is also their most ambitious work to date. They had already begun experimenting on other songs from previous albums, including "Strawberries, which was produced by Nick Mason, Pink Floyd's drummer. There was quite a difference of opinion on what direction the band should go, especially Captain Sensible's desire to remain rooted in their punk rock origins. He quit prior to this album, obviously losing the vote to the other members of the band, with excellent results. The album opener, "Anything", is possibly the closest they come to earlier work, but thanks to the production skills of Jon Kelly (Tori Amos, Beulah, Kate Bush), it actually bears little resemblance to anything that could be labeled "punk". They do a beautiful cover of Love's "Alone Again Or", and follow that with a haunting piano ballad, "The Portrait". They also have several unnamed special guests, but I recognize the obvious vocal style of David Bowie on the track, "Gigolo". There is a thread of melancholy throughout the album, which creates a very cohesive vibe from beginning to end. It makes me a bit sad that so many people missed out on this album, just because the band wanted to expand their sound. If you are strictly a punker, or head banger, you will probably not like this album either, but if you want to hear the Damned mature in their playing and songwriting, check this long out of print treasure out!"