Although I don't like it quite as much as its predecessor, "In a Glass House," or the album that follows, "Free Hand," don't let some of the other reviewers mislead you, this is a definite step toward the less complex, more commercial sound that would find its peak in the Giant's next release, "Free Hand." The album is still original and challenging, but some songs, especially "Aspirations" and "Playing the Game" can be grasped after two or three listenings, something that can't always be said about this great band's music. (If you want dissonance, I won't argue "Interview" is the album for you).
Derek Shulman once said in an interview that this album lacked some of the energy of their other work. That may be true in the case of some cuts--"Valedictory" strikes me as a particularly unsatisfying re-hash of "Proclimation," but there's plenty of energy in cuts like "Cogs in Cogs" and "Proclamation" and some of the quiter songs, including the aforementioned "Aspirations" and the underrated "No God's a Man," stand up to anything they've done. This may not be my favorite GG album, but along with "Octopus," "Glass House" and "Free Hand" it does form the core of their best work, falling just a notch below those three others.