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4 stars I'm not certain what differentiates this from a Phil Manzanera solo album. Sure, Bill MacCormick, Simon Phillips, Brian Eno and Francis Monkman are all here from the famous 801 Live album, that recording was much more of a band effort. On this album every song was written by Manzanera along with Bill and/or Ian MacCormick. Plus, this album also features many of the other artists who graced Manzanera's other albums of the time.

So much for the rant. Like K-Scope, this is a precisely produced, and wonderfully written work of prog related music. Initial Speed, an instrumental piece, is the most like pure prog. Almost jazz rock fusion, this song has a fast, energetic theme, that propels the listener along.

Lyrically, the album looks at politics and love with the same humor that Manzanera has shown on his other albums of the time. And even now, after more than thirty years, it still resonates.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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