Recorded just after the 1980s Australian indie rock band had relocated to London from its native Perth, this 1986 release was much of the world's first introduction to the Triffids' broodingly atmospheric sound. Alternating between the shimmering, lovely '80s pop of "Chicken Killer" and the experimentalism of the mysterious "Tarrilup Bridge," the album also conjures the band's contemporary countryman Nick Cave on songs like the dark ballad "Life of Crime," while the cavernous "Stolen Property" and the country-tinged "Tender Is the Night" remain timeless classics.
Q (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Hugely underrated, head Triffid David MacComb was equally capable writing the diet-pilled trucker cyclone 'Lonely Stretch' or the wistful 'Wide Open Road', a eulogy for a relationship that's run its course."
Magnet (p.89) - "David McComb's vocals bear a strong resemblance to Nick Cave's, but his heartwrenching songs, straight from desolation row, take a back seat to no one."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[E]pic swarthiness, shambling sweetness and tense folk-blues."