It's a great credit to Words On Music that they have seen fit to reissue the For Against back catalogue. Their 1988 album 'December' has been hailed as the Lincoln, Nebraska outfit's masterpiece and it should certainly see them celebrated in the indie rock hierarchy alongside Kitchens Of Distinction, The Chameleons and Interpol; all of whom have perfected the balance between euphoria and depression. Each member of the trio played their part: Jeffrey Running's youthful, impassioned vocals and melodic bass playing, Harry Dingman's classic chiming guitar work and the intense percussion of Greg Hill. 'The Effect' and the title track rely on the devilish post-punk imprint of their 'Echelons' debut but otherwise it's a great leap forward creatively; 'Stranded In Greenland', 'They Said' and 'The Last Laugh' making up their holy trinity of exhilarating emotions and swooning melancholia. Therefore, 'December' is a defining statement as a forerunner to the dreampop scene.