Now relocated to New York, Mike Scott has left behind his bog standard infatuation with Irish traditional music and returned with this cracker that pushes a barrage of rock guitars and life affirming songs to the fore.
Opener, The New Life, epitomises his new approach, whilst the wide-eyed rush of Glastonbury Song and the mystical goofiness of Spiritual City, hint at a new found spirituality. There's variety aplenty here, whether it be the country waltz of Corn Circles or the feverish psychedelia of The Return of Jimi Hendrix. Scott's an endearingly eccentric character with a vivid imagination. Keep on dreaming. GRADE A