I go back a long way (Pet Sounds, Rubber Soul, Blood on the Tracks long) and I rate this album up there with the very best. Damien Rice is hard to classify as a singer. He reminds me of David Gray, Portishead, Eels, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, early Springsteen and Nick Drake, at different times, but his sound cannot be so easily defined. Every track is incredibly beautful, haunting, lyrical and challenging and as a result the album does take a bit of getting into, but it's more than worth the effort. What at first appears to be a surrealistic kaleidoscope of musical and lyrical imagery soon becomes an incredibly coherent and moving masterpiece. It may not be everybody's idea of a fun evening. My wife thinks it is depressing and miserable and detests it, but she also dislikes Bob Dylan and just about everyone mentioned earlier in my review. (I didn't marry her for her taste in music) You may love it, you could hate it, but you are unlikely to be indifferent about this exceptional album. Don't go through your life wondering whether you might have liked Damien Rice - risk it like I did. You may find you've turned up a real gem.