i first heard this on john peel, i had to buy it, i fell in love with loudon, bought his new releases religiously for years, followed his tours and so on. I still think this album, his first, is my favourite. It has a beautiful production sound that sounds fresh to this day, it contains some brilliant songs, school days, four is a magic number, hospital lady, i don't care. The epic Central Square Song. The man was a lyrical genius. He is probably best known nowadays for "the man who couldn't cry", brilliantly covered by Johnny Cash on american recordings. i'd recommend all of Loudon's first four albums in particular, they are all forgotten classics in my opinion, but number one remains the freshest and most original for me.