This album to tell you the truth is not what I expected at all. I was hoping for an instrumental beefheart album or something like that with Zoot Horn Rollo hitting a linear note for hours on end with Rockette Morton going bonkers on bass but believe me it is a real effort by the band to change direction from the puppetry of the Captain's music. The tunes sort of have a country blues feel but the music is quite marvellous with some a hint of Magic band in the music, they do resemble a more commercial band, which is quite ironic because they got no where! I think this is because of the singing, even though this guy - Sam Galpin is pretty good, his style is very different to the roar of the Captain and I think thats what people dislike about these two albums.
I personally enjoy the album not only because of the marvellous peon cover but there are some real gems here for example mama squeeze, reign of pain, big foot, green coyote.... to tell you the truth every song is really quite good. if you are looking for some really good magic band music I really do think this is the place to look but if you are after beefheart music then choose lick my decals off baby (which i got off ebay for a tenner from russia- bargain), clear spot, trout mask, doc at the radar and safe as milk.
This album is just the magic with out the beef, i personally love them both together. Just don't expect the vocals to be similar to the Cap'ns.
If you are looking for so more magic band stuff try 'we saw a bozo under the sea' by Zoot Horn Rollo, its proper marvellous stuff.