was a difficult album to make thanks to the band's preoccupation with drugs and the infighting that led to drummer Steve Hewitt's departure. The cover art, a collage of the trio's blurred faces, hinted at the struggle. "We couldn't have had a better album cover to represent what was going on at the time," Molko told Vice
in 2017. "I think it's a very accomplished record, but I am surprised that we managed to make such an accomplished record considering how shot up in the clouds we were when we made it. There was a point in time as well when the lifestyle we had embraced so wholeheartedly started to turn dark and our personal relationship with Steve Hewitt was eroding. So it was a record borne out of a lot of psychological trauma. I think it's more honest than its predecessors. It really gives a window into how we were living at that time."