LTM's excellent 'No Dream' compilation did great service to The Room's recording career. Yet even there it was clear that most of their best songs were drawn from their second album, 1984's 'In Evil Hour'. Listening to this record for the first time it's hard to fathom they weren't held in the same esteem as Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and The Smiths. The highlights are numerous. The epic, spiralling guitars of 'Whirpool', the reflective balladry of 'Half Forgotten Thing' or even the anger and frustration evident in 'Naive'. Yet the main skills of Dave Jackson and his fellow musicians lay in their ability to move effortlessly from melancholic verses to euphoric choruses; 'Crying Red', 'Calloused Hands' and 'New Dreams For Old' being particularly fine examples. In fact the only complaint is that the near title track 'In My Evil Hour' didn't make it on to the long player but it's here as a bonus track. The other extra is the 'Clear!' EP showcasing a more dolefully romantic - and no less impressive - side to the band. Full marks to LTM for unearthing another lost classic.