The music ultimately is stranded on an island halfway between punk and new wave, and occasionally gets lost in its naive psychedelia (try "Kingdom of Love," with its jagged roots groove and Hitchcock singing "You've been laying eggs under my skin/Now their hatching out under my chin/Now there's tiny insects showing through/And all those tiny insects look like you"), all of which feeds a beast of unique nature, stuck in the queer trap of being utterly original. Matador has, of course, beefed up the original 10 tunes on Underwater Moonlight with numerous outtakes, demos, and other mishmash that results in this bloated double-disc presentation. But it doesn't matter how hit-and-miss the extras are -- the original 10 songs (which kick off the whole thing in sequence) mark a masterstroke of modern rock and roll.
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