I've said this before (very rarely, mind you) but this is a perfect record. A friend of mine used to play this at work around the time he was dropping out of high school (and for many years after). He epitomized every lyric on "Dear You." He actually dropped out of school for admirable reasons (faculty and teachers didn't respect the students) and I really admire him for doing it. (By the way, he is now in his second year at a major university and is a straight "A" student.) He's cool because he stands up for what he believes in and does things his own way (not to spite others but because he doesn't need to "fit in.") This is the album version of his life. It very eloquently expresses the angst (real angst, not the cliched version postured by so many "alternative rock bands" today), hurt, guilt, pain, and even love (and lust) experienced by your average young person (but in a completely above average way). "Dear You" is one of those rare, absolutely honest, artistic records where everything rings true (lyrics, music, attitude, and even the production quality). It is a deeply inspired piece of work. That's saying a lot for punk/pop album.