This album is exceptional, in my mind. I was unaware of the apparent 'critical hype' (or rather, negative reviews) at the time this album was released, and therefore took it on face-value. I'm glad I did, as this album has excited me for years. I can't think of a bad track on here at all. The songs as individual pieces each have their own sound, yet they move the album coherently from the first track to the last.
There is real feeling and emotion on this album, and even years later, I'm stunned by the originality of it. After all, can you think of anything else that sounds even remotely like 'E-bow The Letter'? There is passion on this album.