This album is amazing, saying that though, all the counting crow albums are so good. They are my favourite band by a considerable amount and thats because they have everything, talent, songwriting ability, good sound and most of all emotion. This album may be heavier than all the others but its still fantastic and listening to songs like a long december and good night Elizabeth only make you in awe of the genius of Adam Duritz. These are the ultimate band if you like the sound of goo goo dolls,nine days, matchbox 20, stroke 9, creed or vertical horizon. you will not be dissapointed, go for it!!!