Purchased on a whim not having heard anything by the band previously, I wasn't impressed with this at the first listen. I thought "Halfway Home" was alright, and really liked "Lover's Day" was great, but the rest left me cold, and I consigned the CD to my "failed experiments" pile for a while. A few days later I gave it another go and found more to enjoy, plus had the urge to listen to it again straight away, which I did, and from that moment on I absolutely loved this album.
Above all else, the thing I like the most about this album is that no two songs sound the same - not even the same genre of music. Some of the tracks start off new-wave but then become more rock-like part way through ("Halfway Home"), but then you'll find a rap with a bizarre backing track ("Dancing Choose"), a funk work-out ("Red Dress"), something dark and sexual ("Stork and Owl"), and more besides. It is fair to say they're an acquired taste, but my goodness - what a taste! One thing which throws you at first is that the band has two lead vocalists, both with very different styles, but this is one of those rare albums where once you have got into it there isn't a bad track to be found. Since buying this one I've bought the rest of their catalogue, and they're almost as good as this. One last thing: the production is absolutely immaculate.
Fantastic album. Believe the hype, and buy it.