is probably Icehouse's weakest album, despite the good moments.
Those moments are pretty much the singles ... the opening "Taking the Town", "Don't Believe Anymore", and "Dusty Pages", although I have reservations about "Anymore". It kind of epitomizes the album as a whole, being moody and brooding.
It's not just the tone of the album that disappoints however, but the quality of the songwriting, which just doesn't offer a lot, especially by the time the concluding "The Mountain" arrives, which is little more than a pretty rotten mess.
One thing of note is how the band sound similar to Simple Minds on occasions (particularly with "Shot Down"), while Davies' vocals, not for the first time, channel Bowie.
Icehouse (or rather, Davies himself, since the band had been pretty much him and whoever else throughout their career) were never innovators, but here in particular it's all pretty uninspired and blah, with just some decent bits here and there.
Also, points off for an Australian act naming the album (and song) Sidewalk
instead of Footpath
by Reviewer: The Doctor