|“||The second full-length from Nine Inch Nails survivor Chris Vrenna under his tweaker alias finds him exploring the dark alleys between sleep and reason; his sole instruction for his impressive list of guests--including David Sylvian, the Cure's Robert Smith, and ex-Smiths guitar whiz Johnny Marr--was they draw inspiration from topics pertaining to nightmares and dreams, insomnia, and slumber. Not surprisingly, the results often unfurl according to a hard-to-decipher yet gripping dream logic, as on "Ruby", where crackling ambience and the weathered voice of Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) are interrupted by unexpected explosions of buzzsaw guitar. Between vocal cuts, Vrenna and studio partner Clint Walsh (Jack Off Jill) craft moody instrumentals more organic in character than on tweaker's 2001 debut; Sleepwalking Away even features creepy glockenspiel. Custom made for late-nights, right down to a menacing Tones on Tail cover ("Movement of Fear"), this disc is definitely no snooze. Amazon.com||”|
The Live 79/81 cassette (later issued on CD as well) features sharp performances from New York (including their first gig), Cleveland, London and Berlin. The core of the debut lineup (the Luries, Fier and bassist Steve Piccolo) remains intact, but two other guitarists besides Lindsay divvy up the tracks. Nine originals, plus covers of Thelonious Monk's "Epistrophy" and Earle Hagen's classic "Harlem Nocturne."
Quite definitely the best Bowie record of all. Every track is a winner on this recording. He's helped out by Robert Fripp on guitar who stamps his personality all over this album. 'It's No Game pt1' is the first, hardest and most discordant song on the LP and Bowie sounds berserk on it!. Things calm down a bit with 'Up the Hill Backwards' but it's an odd little tune and a strange choice as a single. The title track is fantastic, particularly with the vocoded Dalek sounding vocals. We all know how great the two hit singles are so I'll skip them.