In the canon of David Bowie's work, Oy Vey, Baby is not essential. And, if you are a Tin Machine fan, the band's first studio album will probably keep you coming back to listen more than this one (or, for that matter, their second studio album). The songs themselves are better than some reviews might suggest. In fact, in general the songs that Tin Machine recorded in their brief "career" continue multiple levels of meaning, even if musically sometimes they seem like grunge with some undefinable quality missing. Of all the Bowie albums I own (all of them, including compilations of the pre-fame releases), this is the one I play least. If you can find a used copy, or an Amazon affiliate has a good deal on a new copy, it's worth considering, but at full list price, I'd look to Tin Machine's first album, or any one of a number of solo Bowie albums that are much better.