This is a very difficult band to rate and review, as is the album. To the comment of the album being minimal in comparison to the live performance, I believe you can never truly rate one based on the other. They are two very different things with two very different motives. A live performance is a heart to heart, direct; but an album is always going to be distant to a degree, and will always be different from the heart to heart. To me, an album is a preview; it drives you to meet and see the creation as it is meant to be, performed (in most cases). The album is very good, a little rough to listen to sometimes, but all around completely worth it. I WANT to see the show, the album drove me to WANT to go see this band. I missed their show in San Francisco, and it honestly aggravated me so much that I felt like I needed to go see another band I loved just to balance it out. Listen to this CD, listen to "The Snake" which will be out soon, and go see this band share their gift.