After the success of Bloody Tourists, and the artsy excess of Look Hear?, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman gave the rest of the band their walking papers, and recorded this album as a duo. Sounding fresh and energized, this was by far 10cc's best album since 1977's Deceptive Bends. Maintaining a mild case of the quirkiness of old, Stewart and Gouldman embrace some of their finest melodies on this release, allowing the songs to speak for themselves. "Don't Ask" is one of those great little pop songs that you think you've heard somewhere before…
Following 10cc's self-titled debut album, Sheet Music took a big step toward the sound that would become the group's trademark. The record typifies the eclecticism and breathless invention that characterized 10cc's earlier work – soft and fuzzed art-rock guitars, seamless harmonies, elements of spoof and parody, and shifts between musical genres (often within the same song).
- George Durbalau, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, 2005.
Released in May 1989, it was recorded in Los Angeles, mixed in Buckinghamshire in England, and is loosely based around the theme of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The album reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard albums charts, propelled by the hit single, "Rooms on Fire" (No.16), and achieved platinum status for selling in excess of 1,000,000 units. The album reached #3 in the UK and was certified gold there for sales in excess of 100,000 units, and is Nicks' highest charting album to date in various European countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The Screen Behind The Mirror released as the fourth album in the Enigma line. It brought the project to what would become a maturity of the "first age" in the saga, being the last album to use the old Enigma style where fresh ideas infused with mystery, philosophy, and sensuality were extensively coupled with samples from other and older works. In the case of The Screen Behind The Mirror this was done with Carl Orff's famous Carmina Burana, most specifically O Fortuna, a movement lamenting the woes of fortune. Especially Gravity of Love and Camera Obscura makes use of it.