Now is this my fault, or the music's? That's unclear. To be fair, retro-80s is a very narrow window for me to enjoy. In this case, they do a nice job of mixing things up between electronica and guitar-based versions.
If forced to make a decision on this, I'd say this is too good to be called bad, but not good enough to be called really good. But then I listen to something like "Expensive Dog," "Flesh War," or "Black Spring" and I feel like it is not only really good, but possibly great.
It's quite the quandary.
As a varied soundscape album, it's great. As music I'd listen to again... I'm not sure. Or maybe I'll listen to it every day.
Total Control - "Flesh War" (first :40 are silent)
I think that ultimately I really like this album. Although I'm quite sure why. Or if that is actually true.
CD Placement Rating: Based on my last listen, I'm going to say this is too intriguing to not call this Car iPod. I really like this! Well, maybe. Portable CD Case? Sell-back 1? No, Car iPod. I think.