Well strike me dead, there I was thinking this was accepted as their best and biggest. Regardless, it's a great album and I love it dearly. During the days when I found it hard to listen to anything but Eminem and Gorillaz, my parents started putting this on in the car, and after hating it I gradually came to accept it, finding myself singing along, and coming to love the characters, the grooves, the rhythms, the melodies, the solos. I even read into it too deeply, thinking of it as a concept album.
"East St. Louis Toodle-Oo", which I never liked (I think it's the guitar tone) aside, the album is fantastic: the deathless "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" with its beautiful piano and lyric that I insist is about love of some sort; the energetic, catchy "Parker's Band" with its incredible soloing; and the cool, oh so smooth title track.
Years on, now a punk lover, I rediscovered it and just couldn't stop listening, and just writing about it now makes me want to hear it again. I'd rate it above Can't Buy A Thrill, but can't say if it's their best - all I can say is that it's brilliant. Highly recommended.