I had to chuckle and shake my head when I looked this record up and saw it only has 3 reviews on Amazon. Lawd, I do not know what is passing for quality music these days but if THIS record has been swept under the carpet in favour of Adele or some such toe jam then we are in serious trouble. In over 20 years of listening to and enjoying independent music, I regard BSB as being one of the best if not the ALL TIME best record I have ever heard. I first purchased this shortly after it came out and it is one of the few records I have not grown tired of despite the dozens of times I have heard it.
The reason for this, as any fule kno, is Sheff's remarkable songwriting ability. The man is purely a genius, no need to mince words. A King and a Queen, A Stone and A Glow are possibly the finest examples of his writing ability. Each song unwinds with perfect precision as a prose poem and it never ceases to amaze me how perfectly the words fit the music and vice versa. There is nothing predictable, cliched or fake about this music. It is direct from the heart.
And then there is William Schaff's incredible artwork that adorns the CD. It's simply mind-boggling. I liked this CD so much I bought it twice, having purchased the original CD and then having recently received the Definitive Edition as a birthday gift. I am tremendously excited to get to know the new (to me) songs. Purchase this gem now and prepare to become a life-long slave to it.