Verdict: just-about-listenable hokum.
Let’s be honest – the lyrics are complete hogwash. I’m sure at the outset Ian Brown thought it was a great idea to flesh out the acronym in every line, but he was wrong; not even the early ones justify this cod-philosophical balderdash.
Quite why I bought this (catalogue number Polydor 587 284-7), and especially on limited edition (mine is number xxx), is anybody’s guess. Admittedly there’s something quite pleasing in the beats and the strings, but it’s nothing more than that. If I have to put up with the Monkey King spouting BS I’d rather be listening to ‘Dolphins Were Monkeys’.
Plus, the b-side is an instrumental version of the a-side. That is COLOSSAL LAZINESS. Pett out.