After tasting pop success with The Box Tops in the late 60s and then leading the critically acclaimed but largely ignored rock group Big Star in the early 70s, Alex Chilton launched his much-anticipated solo career with this album just as 1980 beckoned. Its blend of lo-fi sonics, messy arrangements and scrappy performances shocked those who were expecting the gleaming polish of Big Star’s #1 Record. From the first note to the last, Like Flies On Sherbert is a compelling example of loosely controlled chaos. But it has many highlights, including the raucous My Rival and the anarchic Rock Hard. Perfect in its glorious imperfections, 40 years on, Like Flies On Sherbert resonates like a forgotten masterpiece. Charles Waring.