made such a six-cylinder cock-up of Pastor Skull, you might have thought
that the band would have settled down and worked together over the next
release. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. You would be wrong. The production's
great. It sounds fantastic, because the band went into Trinity Heights
in Newcastle, and it was engineered and mixed by Fred Purser, with no
interference from the band. Nice work Fred. Where things fall down again
are in the selection and arrangement of the material. There is a predominance
of acoustic/piano orientated songs. Tracks like Winter's Tale and Burning
Joan merely bleat where they should roar, and the overall effect is
of a band trying to sound like something it thinks it ought to be. The
only song which really sounds like Blyth Power is Cold War Comforts.
Let's face it - what's the point of having a guitarist like John Rutherford
in the band if you're not going to let him do what he does best? The
bottom line is, you can't make art by committee. Don't even get us started
on the bizarre history of the title and artwork. Originally it was going
to be called Make Do and Mend..