In my years of record buying, this is my all-time, without-a-doubt, never-challenged number 1 fave album. It was the perfect record delivered to the public at the peak of the band's career (by the way, their new 2002 release After Everything Now This is their best work since Starfish). Every song shimmers with sonic perfection, every jangle pierces through a lush universe of ambience and reverb. The vocals soothing, haunting, honest. The songwriting is deep and otherworldly, yet moody and human. Yeah, everyone says it, so forgive me for being cliche: if I was stranded with my Discman and one c.d. on an island, yup - it would be this one. I think I've probably bought two dozen copies since 1988 - replacing lost ones or those that were melted from overplay, or copies I gave away to my closest friends as, somehow, a "piece of me" (you know, the way one's favorite c.d. could ever be a reflection of the fan). Anyway, this c.d. is timeless and worthy of any fan of layered, jangly, sonic and lush guitar music - indie, alternative or otherwise.