I'm not quite sure why people have a problem with this album, unless, of course, they're expecting it to sound like the average Blur record (which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it's considerably different). Being from the U.S., where this album didn't make a dent commercially and was barely acknowledged by critics (Blur is more or less unknown here, with the limited exceptions of "Song 2" and "Girls & Boys"), I had no idea that Graham's first solo record was received with any degree of hostility until I saw the negative comments posted about it in reviews of his other albums. To this reviewer, who is admittedly a pretty huge fan of lo-fi acoustic music, it's far and away his best solo album and one of my favorite records from the second half of the '90s. I think it's important to keep in mind the fact that when Graham recorded this album, it was very much a side project that doubled as a bit of a musical exorcism for him. Others have mentioned his "off-key" singing here, but I don't think they understand that the tossed-off nature of the vocals (as well as the jaggedness of both the guitars and the [non-]production) are part of the point. The key to this record's appeal lies in its direct honesty and its rough-hewn popcraft. The fractured Barrett-esque beauty of songs like "R U Lonely?" (which features Graham harmonizing with himself) and "A Day is Far Too Long" never fails to send shivers up my spine, and the noisy intensity of tracks like the opening guitar volley that is "That's All I Wanna Do" and the statement of purpose that is "I Wish" never fails to get my blood flowing (these are cliches, but alas, they really are the best way to express what I'm getting at). Although Graham has long been my favorite part of Blur (so much so that I don't think I'll be purchasing the new Graham-less release), I think anyone with an interest in either Blur or lo(wer)-fi acoustic music should give this record a chance. I can't imagine that anyone would be disappointed if he or she approached it from the proper perspective.