This is not 'Show Me Heaven' territory, you can scare people with this. It's a rock album, it's a descent into madness and it's quite superb. Musically it's dominated by crashing guitars, but is supported by flowing string arrangements and seems to call into use musical forms ranging from folk to grunge. Joni Mitchell meets Kurt Cobain, perhaps, but it sounds too good, with too much clarity to be merely that. Lyrically this album eloquently relates a tortured soul, perhaps better than any other album has ever done. Anger, inferiority, alienation and a bottomless jaded feeling permeate through the words. Defiance, conviction, self-righteousness and then a tumbling feeling as the human failings, frailties and fallabilities rise again. Split personalities surface; it's all here. "Ugly inside of me taught me of beauty" ('Scarlover'); "I've tried to trap her in my head but she knows where the light comes in" ('Absolutely Barking Stars'); "I hate what I am" ('What Else You Wanna Know'); and the piéce de resistance: "This one is for the girl, says those voices in her head never leave her alone. Don't listen to your teacher, you're not crazy, you're just smarter than the rest of them" ('Life Is Sweet'). Finally there is the voice, that can reach to convey all these emotions, in harmony with it's musical backdrop. Perhaps the album's only slight flaw is that ONLY nine of the tracks are solo compositions, the co-written numbers not quite matching the greatness many of the other numbers achieve.