I recently bought this along with three other Rancid albums. When I got home, I put three of them in my stereo. When I pressed the 'random' button, this was the first one that played.
It was only seconds before I realised it was good, but then...
1 minute and 1 second into the first song (a couple of seconds into the frankly unbelievable bass solo) was when I realised that it was just INCREDIBLE.
I'm generally a sucker for bands that have decent bassists, but Rancid's bass player, Matt Freeman, is just f**king incredible, like words can't do his bass playing justice. Listen to 'Maxwell Murder' and all becomes apparent.
Despite being astounding, Matt doesn't hold the band up on his own...the guitars buzz, wail and thrash about as if their not falling apart depended on it, the gravelly vocals fit the style of music like a glove, and the ska-style drumming (which fits brilliantly with any music as far as I'm concerned - see Blink 182) just blows the whole sound into space.
If anyone wants to hear a quality (ska?) punk album, with various influences, this is a good example of ace music.
If there are any bass players out there reading this, just buy it now. Then you can plan how you're gonna one day be as good as him.