, and the fifth since their reformation in 1997. It features a guest spot from
for production duties on A Rush of Blood to the Head.
Reviewing "The Fountain" for the British music magazine Mojo, Johnny Sharp
described the album as "mid-tempo, middle of the road, middle-aged pop-rock". In The Guardian
, Dave Simpson
gave the album four stars. He described the album as, "Their most accessible offering in a long time sees Ian McCulloch
at his most lyrically-playful and cocksure, hovering between confessional [...] and mischievous, and firing off one-liners as if it were the band's 80s heyday. Will Sergeant
's guitar-playing is at itsscintillating best. Their -poppiest tunes since "Bring On the Dancing Horses" could win the Scouse veterans a new generation of fans."
Writing in the music magazine Q, Garry Mulholland
's sound as "remarkably perky" and "rejuvenated by an injection of youth from new rhythm section Simon Perry
and David Thomas
and pop producer John McLaughlin