Great all-killer-no-filler PL album. The album contains two covers: 'Xavier' (original by Dead can Dance) and Smalltown Boy (track 13, not mentioned in the list above, original by Bronski beat). 'Channel for the Pain' is one of my all-time favorites!!!
After two bad Host and Believe In Nothing, I thought PL could't be saved anymore and would become a mediocre goth pop band. This album is their comeback to their style, and a very good one. Excellent album.
one of the strongest releases of paradise lost imho. it did, what "believe in nothing" couldnt do: it melted the mid-period style with the newer one and it did a splendid job doing it. very cool and catchy songs, very strong and bassy production, whilst being absolutely cold and modern. the drums are sterile and technical, bass is fat and meloldic, the guitars are rockin and crunchy, yet in a tasteful manner, throwing in a bit of metal here and there. perhaps the biggest grower of all their stuff, it is only topped by the untouchable "host"-album, wich is nearly flaweless in my eyes. Id give this a 8 out of 10, but just because the songs "primal", "self-obsessed" and most of all "channel for the pain" suck uppermost and dont belong on this otherwise great production. i highly recommend this album to any fan of ambitious productions, melancholic songs, melodic rock and straight and downbeat popmusic in general.
This is not the best album of the band but it is the only one that features the best things of many different styles that the band experimented together. The best of their synth era with their gothic essence.