OK, so it's not Trout Mask or Strictly Personal, is like Beefheart joins Kansas. But the musicianship is tight, and the contrast between the fluid, even sometimes spacy melodies and the bluesy Beefheart voice is interesting. Beefheart was always in part a white soul even doo-wop guy (cp. "I'm Glad" from Safe as Milk). And there's a classic, sneering, earthy blues, "The Same Old Blues" amid the ballads (but with STRINGS!). And, almost like a legacy from the canonical albums, the opening track. While much soft rock of the period would now make us cringe, Beefheart's is offered in his own inimitable, characteristic style. There's much more going on here than on recordings to which it is regretfully compared, and this alone would make it worth a listen.