's second album, 'From The Lion's Mouth', the band decided to work with producer
). The result was a more richly layered album than their debut, fusing the band's atmospheric, affecting sound with a set of accessible yet invigorating songs.
At the time the album gained great marks from the British music press, but was unable to break the band beyond its devoted cult of fans. Now it is considered to be a post-punk classic. A relatively restrained, but vital follow-up to the charged and ragged 'Jeopardy', 'From The Lions Mouth' proved that The Sound
's critical stature among the post-punk elite was no fluke.
A more robust recording budget allowed the band to explore and create a fuller, more cohesive sound, while Adrian Borland
's lyrics became even more introspective (a jarring turn after the often political bent of 'Jeopardy'.) However despondent the singer's words became, the tone, as pointed out in the original NME review of the album, never descended into 'pessimistic wallowing'. Tracks like 'Sense Of Purpose' and 'Contact The Fact' still feature a sweeping urgency and highlight the tension between Borland
's grim worldview and his knack for a hook.