I definitely agree with Donkey. It's maybe not an absolute classic taken as a whole - there are a few not particularly great tracks (though it's kind of appropriate that 'I Got a Lot to Say' only has two lines in it!).
However, there's a confidence and conviction about the whole album which suggests they weren't just going through the motions. It's a lot more tuneful than some of their 80s albums (Animal Boy & Halfway to Sanity in particular). And it contains a handful of songs which are probably the best they ever recorded.
I'd single out 'I Don't Wanna Grow Up' as a standout track - it's an absolute belter of a song & though it's a cover version (of a Tom Waits song) it does kind of sum the Ramones up. Makes you feel glad to be alive.
Other great songs include:
- 'Born to Die in Berlin' - harsh, aggressive, doomy & featuring (in one verse) German lyrics sung by Dee Dee.
- 'She Talks to Rainbows' - sad, poignant, heavy and slow.
- 'The Crusher' - a zippy punk-pop track sung by CJ, with a hilarious tongue-in-cheek lyric about a would-be boxing champ whose bragging self-confidence swiftly evaporates ('I mean the Russian Bear could probably tear / Me limb from limb / He'd probably grin, be real happy with himself / This is not good for my health').
- 'Take the Pain Away' - a poignant, sad song about walking in the rain and feeling blue. I wonder whether Joey knew how ill he was at that stage?
Definitely recommended if you like the Ramones, though you might want to skip a track or two.