Dave Simpson writes for The Guardian. He is entitled to his views:
"Looking back over a colourful life, [Marc] is in nostalgic mood, although, after 30 years, the twirls through sleaze and nightlife have become a shtick. The Trials of Eyeliner partly revisits territory he first explored in Soft Cell's Where the Heart Is, while Soho So Long bids farewell to a place he has clearly never left in spirit. The stripped-down vaudeville accompaniments don't help a feeling of furrows already ploughed. Nijinksy Heart is one of his better later tunes, but there's a troublingly maudlin undercurrent to all the confessionals and farewells. If – as he has suggested – Varieté is his swansong, it'll be a shame that he goes out with such a whimper."
For "shtick" read honesty; "furrows already ploughed" or valediction and the strongest songs he's written in many years - which side are you on?