I will always find a place for this record in my heart just because it reminds me of a time when life was sweet. However, that doesn't mean that the album should only be special to me; the reason it formed the backdrop to that time was that I simply couldn't put the thing down at the time.
It is quite a mellow album, although you wouldn't know it from the opening two tracks. "Show Me Something" is impossibly catchy, fusing punk power chords, drum and bass and top power pop to produce something special. "Flow Like A River" is beautifully crafted raunchy rock. But just as you think that this album is a simple collection of intimate chants between Schneider and Johannes, it suddenly drops, quite beautifully. "This Simple Kiss" is a lovely acoustic piece, "You're My Diamond" beautifully understated blues, "Kill Me No More" a heart-wrenching anthem to the faltering step into love, and "Now Is The Word Of The Day", again understated rock at its finest.
To be honest, the first half of the record is superior to the second, if only because I generally prefer Johannes's rich sneering voice to Schneider's haunting one. However, there are a number of highlights in the second half, not least the impossibly catchy "All My Friends" (even if the verse does borrow slightly from "Stuck In The Middle"!); and the tension-release ballad of "Hidden", which is the only song on this record that nods towards their association with Chris Cornell on "Euphoria Morning". If you want more of that, try their previous offering, "Avantegardedog".
Better still, buy both. You won't be disappointed with either. For me though, this just shades it.