At the start of their career, Altered Images were taken quite seriously as a gothic, indie-pop band. However, sensing the potential of Clare Grogan's next-door girl charms and effervescence, it was inevitable that the next option would be to aim for placings much higher in the UK Top 40. This idea worked for a while but what is perhaps most surprising is that 'Pinky Blue' stands out as their most consistent, satisfying album. For the unitiated, 'See Those Eyes' and 'I Could Be Happy' remain jangly guitar pop songs of the highest order but the singles aren't the only highlights. 'Funny Funny Me' boasts a daft but infectious flute melody but 'Think That It Might' and 'Goodnight And I Wish' are in a higher league altogether; capturing the essence of wistful dreampop before The Sundays and The Cocteau Twins did. It's probably best to ignore the cover of Neil Diamond's 'Sing Song Blue' which reveal the limitations of Grogan's singing (read as "shrieking") only too well. For a blatant attempt to cash in on marketing potential, this is reasonably impressive.