Flirting With Melancholy, the most accomplished work of Picone's career, completes the transformation. The quality of the synth programming has reached a new level—take "Sounds Of A Winter Night"'s delightful combination of tumbling, then rising figures. There's also a pad that drifts about like an apparition. But the track's buoyant mood proves rare, as the rest of the 12-inch falls deeper into paranoia and disquiet. The drums tend to flick and tick rather than slap and slam, which helps foreground the busy details of the synth work. A notable exception is "The Happiness Of Being Sad." A glimmering modular noodle twists atop the pumping drums and bass, while the drifting pad from "Sounds Of A Winter Night" makes a welcome reappearance. It lifts the track as it slides skyward.
The release also comes with a 7-inch, but its tunes aren't throwaways. "Love Intensified By Absence" is as forlorn as it sounds, with yearning, soft-edged chords and minor harmonies. "Everything Seems Simple Until U Think About It" saves the most sprightly groove till last.