The album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, best known for his work with Queen, a major influence on The Darkness. Bassist Frankie Poullain left the band during the early stages of production on the album, with most bass parts on the album thus being played by Dan Hawkins. Poullain has said that “Hazel Eyes” is his favourite track on the record, citing, “I defy anyone after a couple of beverages to listen to “Hazel Eyes” standing up and NOT get the Michael Flatleys. ” Poullain was already familiar with six of the ten songs on the album, playing “Hazel Eyes”, “Dinner Lady Arms”, “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time” and “English Country Garden” on tour with the band before his departure. He also co-wrote four of the tracks featured on the album. The working title for the album was The Painstaking.