Second solo album with a harder-edged incisiveness and more reminiscent of his work with Pallas. Alan’s second solo album picks up where the celtic sweep of his debut left off. But this time there’s a harder-edged incisiveness more reminiscent of his work with Pallas. The acoustic under-pinning of the last album takes a back seat behind driving guitars and exuberant keyboards. Lyrically it’s angry and direct, covering everything from the frustrations of struggling and moribund relationships to the rise of the post-truth narcissist. As well as vocals Alan provides guitars, basses, drum programming and bass pedals, with Mike Stobbie and Scott Higham returning on keys and drums respectively. There are also contributions from Jeff Green (lead guitar), Lazuli’s Claude Leonetti (Leode) and Steve Hackett (Harmonica). Additional vocals come courtesy of Magenta’s Christina Booth, Harvest‘s Monique Van Der Kolk and Weendo‘s Laetitia Chaudemanche.