'Spokes', basically, is a good album. It's well paced, and in fact has some pretty memorable tracks - particularly the dark, eerie 'Zeal' and, my favourite, 'Upona'. If you don't really know much about Plaid, then this album basically captures the essence of their previous output, so in that sense it may be a good way in. It's basically on the more melodic side of Aphex Twin\Boards of Canada. But, on the other hand, if you're in any way fond of Plaid, while you'll probably like this, you may feel that the opportunity has been wasted. Many of the tracks sound almost like they've been lifted from previous albums. It's been said, but I'll say it again: Plaid don't seem to be going anywhere new, and that's a little disappointing.