Have listeners over the years been too rough on this album? First released in 1982, it was the first Frank Zappa album to feature the talents of his oldest child, daughter Moon Unit Zappa. (I didn't name the kids, OK?) And yeah, "Valley Girl" can get annoying after while. It certainly annoyed Frank, who apparently refused to play it despite its popularity on the charts. I have to admit, though, that Moon's rap lampooning the brainless lip-flapping of young San Fernando Valley women is priceless; it was then and it is now. And she improvised the entire bit! How many of us could have done that at age 13 or 14 or whatever she was?
I recently listened to the other tracks here, too, and found how easy it is for our memories to south on us. I had recalled several instrumentals being on this album, but "Envelopes" is the only one. "Drowning Witch" comes close, only because it's 12 minutes long and the lyrics are minimal for that song length ... MEANING, of course that there's plenty of room for Zappa and the band to solo.
I was going to write that this is a great album for Zappa fans, but after thinking about it I have to amend that statement: I think it's also an appropriate album for Zappa newbies. Just let your imagination flow along with his guitar and the band, and you'll be fine. And should it happen that you HATE this, it's not my fault.