HAVING reached the milestone of 20 years spent releasing obscure but rather compelling lo-fi American synth-indie, Sam Coomes and Janet Weis have dropped this double album upon us. There is no noticeable unifying theme or progression to the 24 tracks, which rub up against one another like so many weird-looking chicks in a particularly ramshackle menagerie. Pluck the feathers and you usually find the same flesh underneath - early Bowie, Modern Lovers, Floyd - but it's nevertheless well worth a peck or two. Fat Fanny Land, the Weightwatchers rival that really ought to be, smears yowling piano noise over pure-blooded glam; the Americana-flavoured Bedbug Town suddenly erupts into a chorus so singable that it feels like a rough cut from at least six classic 1970s albums; New Western Way is cosmic rock in dirty underpants recorded on a low-rent tape player. While generally consistent, the whole undertaking might yet benefit from a few snips. For the uninitiated, a more succinct rendering like 1999's Field Studies might be a better place to start.