Heaven and the Sea
isn't quite as dance-oriented as Pete Shelley's
first two albums, nor does it have the nervous pop energy that was a hallmark of those records and his work with the Buzzcocks
. Instead, it's a layered and textured release, given a polished, mature production which ironically only emphasizes the lack of notable songs. There are a handful of relatively strong cuts on the record, but even they don't match the high points of its two predecessors.