Here's a fantastically maudlin album that you may have missed unless you're Dutch and over 30. Mecano were pretty well known in Holland but the rest of the world would remain wholly ignorant to their dour Post-Punk that is reminiscent of early Cure and Savage Republic. On the band's ambitious debut, Autoportrait, a wide variety of instrumentation and textures were employed, it's quite a piece of work that shouldn't rot in obscurity. Perhaps it was that lame cover, perhaps it is because, despite this album being received well, the band dissolved shortly after it's release. However, Mecano reformed in 1995, and again in 2005 and remains active today. Autoportrait is one of those uncommon records that takes you on a journey and drops you off feeling sated. Recommended.