Reads like a greatest-hits collection
George Kaplan | 09/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Except for one or two cuts, Ink left me cold. So, when I returned to this one I was wondering if I had mis-gauged The Fixx entirely. But, no.
While not up to the heights of Walkabout (what on Earth is?), Calm Animals delivers. In spades. From an inauspicious beginning (I'm Life, which sounds like a bad Fixx imitation with a wacky waltz section) each cut thereafter raises the stakes until you just don't think they can keep it up. But incredibly they do.
Heavily guitar-oriented, some of the cuts out-U2 U2, especially Precious Stone. A number, like Gypsy Feet and The Flow, recall the atmospherix of Walkabout. Grab it. It's out there cheap. You can thank me later."