To all intents and purposes The Wisdom Of Harry is the work of one man, Pete Astor. Astor achieved acclaim during the mid-1980's for his work with indie guitar hopefuls The Loft and The Weather Prophets but this is the first full album by this new venture after a handful of singles. Judging from this album Astor has much in common with another 80's cult figure, Experimental Pop Band's Davey Woodward, who went on to produce similar groove and sample-based work and both men seem to have captured the British alternative scene zeitgeist extremely well. 'House Of Binary' could also be compared to Massive Attack's work; evoking cool, smoky evenings in trendy clubs but the sound comes into its own on the sinsiter reverberations on 'Boxed' and the more melodic side of his talent explored on 'I'm Going To Make My Life Right' and the lovely, languid keyboard coda which concludes the album on 'The Wisdom'. At a time when Astor could quite easily have settled down to take the easy option of criticising other people's music (he used to be a writer for Q magazine), The Wisdom Of Harry demonstrates a talent which demands to be revered.