Guitarist Gary Green has cited this album as his favourite by the band. Though a fan favourite, the album is also perhaps the most dissonant and musically complex of all Gentle Giant albums.
The album was released in the US and Canada by Capitol Records, as would all Gentle Giant's albums for the remainder of the decade. The concept album focused on an individual who means to do good using political power. He finds himself tempted to abuse the power, as have all of those who have come before, and ultimately becomes what he fought against.
In a 2010 interview  Derek Shulman announced that the band are working at creating an animated film based around the themes, characters and songs of the album.