In 2003 I saw the film "Stone Reader," a documentary about the filmmaker's quest to find an obscure author whose only published novel had been forgotten, but whose prose so moved the filmmaker that he simply had to go on this quest. I feel something similar about the Katydids, who fell through the cracks for no particular reason, just one of those things. It is only in recent years that their early 90s albums, long out of print, have begun to find their way into used record shops and amazon.com sellers. This, their self-titled 1990 debut produced by Nick Lowe, is mighty good. Perhaps it got lost in the shuffle because there is nothing particularly outlandish or original about it; it's just a good guitar rock band with a charismatic female singer named, of all things, Susie Hug. The name makes you think of teenyboppers, but this is good, tasteful, intelligently written rock. (One of Susie's biggest fans is Fran Healy of the band Travis, who has recently produced her solo album. I think Susie's husband, ex-Katydid Adam Seymour, now plays with the Pretenders.) From the strong opener "Heavy Weather Traffic" with its amusing refrain "there's too much of everything," we are treated to an earful of pleasing guitar songs one after another. The melody of the wistful "Girl in a Jigsaw Puzzle" is dazzling, and after a few listens the sardonic song "King of the World" will be in your head forever more. The upbeat rocker "Dr. Rey" is a blast, and we close with one of the most moving pop songs I've heard in a long time, the unsentimental "Growing Old," which features half of its simple lines sung in japanese. Should you buy this album? Hell yes. Listen to it three or four times, and then treasure it for a lifetime. If you don't like it, please sell it again so someone else can have the pleasure.