A fabulous album from start to finish. Shawn Smith, Stone Gossard and the boys do themselves proud. They take what they have learnt from Satchel, Pearl Jam etc and throw it in the bin, instead they bring us a mix of tunes from the piano ballads right up to the heavier rock themes. All are inspired and all have their own beauty. Smith's voice has improved and he now adds a touch of elegance to the tracks, who needs distortion when you can make a piano with a faint Gossard overlay sound sooo good.
I would have to advise anyone to buy this album, it isn't heavy it isn't soft, it is everything.
It is difficult to put in into a genre as such as there is such a range of compositions, even my mother would take a liking to some of the tracks on this wonderful album.
Oh and for those die hard Pearl Jammers, listen out for some great melodies from Mike McCready in the background of a couple of the tracks adding yet another level to the songs.