The album continues, but also builds on, the shift to a more recognisable sound seen in the previous album, Norfolk Coast with a sound much more akin to the band's earlier sound during the 1970s and early 1980s.
Tracks range from the aggression of "Summat Outanowt", through the catchy "She's Slipping Away" to the machine-gun punk delivery of "A Soldier's Diary" (which, according to drummer Jet Black, is the fastest track yet recorded by the band) and back to the melodic ballad of "Bless You (Save You, Spare You, Damn You)". There's a foray into country with the biting "I Hate You" and the album finishes off with "Relentless" — a sonically relentless exploration of the passing of time. "See Me Coming" was originally recorded by Jean-Jacques Burnel for the Japanese animated TV series Gankutsuou.
The album was released in Japan with two bonus tracks (taken from the B-side of the UK Single "Spectre of Love").