Before we delve into the music of the CH debut, I wonder if we might discuss the issue of whether the band was, in fact, a band. There was a discussion over on the Frenz Forum about this (started by my own assertion that I struggle to see Time on Earth as a band album - more about that later) and someone opined that, in fact, there was a view that the first CH album should be issued as a solo album. This is a very different interpretation of events than I have, and I wonder what others think. The differing views seem to stem from a different interpretation of Chris Burke's discussion of the making of the album, in which he notes that Neil apparently had doubts as to whether CH was really a band. My interpretation of that has always been that Neil didn't yet feel that the band had properly gelled as a unit, got to know each other musically and personally, and begun to feel like a band. This would have been because the group wasn't formed organically by a group of mates: it had been formed by Paul and Neil, with Nick (and, of course, Craig) being auditioned. Others, though, interpret Burke's reading more literally: that the first CH album was recorded with the intention of being a solo NF album and it was after recording that the decision was made to formally consider CH as a band. I can't see how this can be correct. given that NF and PH (and later, NS) were all signed as members of the band.