"Bittersweet as a title seemed a more honest assessment of Kings emotional state. We had worked hard for some success and yes fame has it's pluses but at the same time your life isn't suddenly made perfect or clearly mapped. On the contrary I personally felt less in control, often compromised and unhappy with some realities of that success. Albeit of course as a self obsessed 24 year old wallowing in his artistic martyrdom.
As a more experienced soul I would have told myself to quit sulking, go talk with the rest of the band, sort out our problems and leave Platform One in place..... It was a far more positive statement of intent" Paul King
With barely 10 months between them 'Steps In Time' and 'Bittersweet' as albums, have much in common musically. Due to the speedy demand for the latter it's probably not surprising that their second long player offers no real development in the bands recording craft.
Bittersweet is a literal record of the groups live material as they toured and worked planet pop in early 1985. There was little time for new arrangements or approaches. Due to the groups deteriorating relationship there were no discussion of different directions, no evaluation of what worked and what didn't.The band had 10 new live tracks and they had a short space in which to record them.
This they did and actually with Richard Burgess's skilful assistance the record stepped up to the mark and in tracks such as 'Alone Without You - 'I Cringed I Died' and 'The Taste of Your Tears' they even managed to deliver some gems.