'Mr Nutley's Strange Delusionarium' illustrates why Department S needed to return to unfinished business since disbanding in 1982. The four original members plus a new guitarist have refined and enriched their previous work, while seamlessly slicing in new songs including the evocative 'Slave' and a thrashing 'Wonderful Day'.
Eddie Roxy steps in as lead vox since Vaughn Toulouse passed away in 1991. His commanding vocals on 'Going Left, Right' against the band's furious, crashing pace are head-spinning.
Lead guitarist, Mike Herbage, astounds with his mastery of rock & roll chording and complex solos, while former Back to Zero member, Sam Burnett, produces hypnotic, multi-layered guitar-playing. Mark Taylor's compelling bass is the heartbeat of 'I Want' and Stuart Mizon mercilessly attacks the drums on 'Monte Carlo or Bust' and a rousing version of 'My Coo Ca Choo'.
'Is Vic There?' is probably the best known track, with the power and energy of the original but more effective and intricate. Other rollercoaster tracks include 'Clap Now', 'Age Concern' and the haunting 'Ode to Koln'.
Its shameless rock & roll theatrics, displaying infectious and consummate musicianship. The album features humour, perception and cynicism while inviting us to become mystified, breathless and always entertained.