This is everything I was thinking about this release as well, exactly. Makes my 5.1.2 system sound really great and is another great SDE release that I was pondering for a while but so glad I decided to get it.I have to admit, that back in the 80's I didn't care much for the majority of the pop music that the decade produced. Sure, I heard the singles from this album but they didn't really grab me. Since I recently put in a surround system, and have been experiencing some of the wonderful Steven Wilson mixes of XTC and Tears For Fears, I have a growing fondness for the music produced back then. That being said, I bought this solely because of it's Steven Wilson mix, and to support the wonderful people at SDE. I am so glad I did. This is a wonderful release. I only have a 5.1 set up, but this made my system dance. Having never heard the album before, I enjoyed the entirety of it. The mix was outstanding. One of Mr. Wilson's best. I can't give this anything other than a 10.
Yes, as I mentioned earlier, it did seem to me that they finished it off with some quickly-tossed off filler. (And yes, I'm familiar with the UK phrase!)One reason I went with an 8 is because I think it kind of poops out on the final songs. Maybe I’ll feel differently on further listens and up my score.
I agree... a keeper! I listened to it again yesterday and my feelings on the latter songs haven't changed. But I’m still astounded I’m enjoying an album that, at least based on the singles, was something I wanted nothing to do with at the time of release.Yes, as I mentioned earlier, it did seem to me that they finished it off with some quickly-tossed off filler. (And yes, I'm familiar with the UK phrase!)
Even then, a keeper!