So it is a bit difficult to get into, but once you do, this album is excellent. Great melodies and a variety of styles. Bossanova 101 and Crowns are slightly standout, but generally all the tracks are great. The penultimate track is a fast one and I tend to miss it, as I reckon he is taking the mickey a bit.
Sounds quite similar to the Beastie Boys 'The In Sound Way Out' at times, but more varied and melodic.
I have heard some of his other music and nothing seems to compare with this period. At the time it was voted to be one of the best albums of 1998, which is why I bought it and I have never regretted it.