Mixing art-rock and synth-pop, 1979's 'Real To Real Cacophony' was a confusing escapade for Simple Minds that can somehow only have existed in that era. 'Real To Real' has an Oriental charm that leads to inevitable comparisons to Japan and 'Citizen' was perhaps an early influence for The Wolfgang Press' early obsession for white funk music it was impossible to dance to. Jim Kerr's yelping new wave vocals were very much of the time and only once is an indication of their later work detectable, when Charlie Burchill lets rip with his guitar on 'Premonition'. As one would expect some of these pieces don't seem quite as relevant now as they did then; 'Naked Eye' and 'Calling Your Name' can be put down to experimental follies. It's hard to take this kind of music too seriously nowadays but the curiosity value is much higher when compared to their bloated late-80's-early 90's material.