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Boomkat Product Review:
Another long-since deleted entry into Pere Ubu's 1980s back-catalogue, this album featured the final appearance of Allen Ravenstine's incendiary synth playing. After 1989's Cloudland, Ravenstine moved on to pursue a career as an airline pilot of all things. He left them as they entered the most mainstream-compatible phase of their career to date, with 'Waiting For Mary' winning the band some MTV airtime. The song sounds very much in keeping with the alt-rock revolution that was reshaping America the time. In fact the album in general sounds braced with a kind of spiky optimism that manifests itself in the inflated productions and grander, often downright jubilant choruses. As with the other Pere Ubu reissues listed this week, Cloudland features new liner notes and a number of bonus tracks (five in this case), including the Van Dyke Parks-inspired 'Wine Dark Sparks'.