I bought this album on a whim when I saw it second hand in a shop on my way home from work one day. I had seen the band live supporting My Vitriol a few months before, and was intrigued, although more by the strange pictures on the back cover than by any song in particular! It was cheap so I thought I'd take a chance, hoping there would be a few good songs.
It turned out to be the best impulse buy I've ever made. The album starts with a huge rush of energy combined with brutal guitar assault and aggressive vocals. It gives way to the lilting, indie buzz of Easy Path with its floaty guitar. I cannot stress how fantastic each song is here. Many songs have whirling instrumental parts with delicate guitar wanderings thrown in for good measure, just the sort of thing I love. The perfect pop tune of This Is Not An Exit, with its opening line "you know, like the last person alive you can't complain" is an amazing jump around feel-good song, whilst always retaining meaningful lyrics and interesting musicianship.
Beware Design is just drummer Caroline accompanied by the gentle strum of a guitar. This song is touching and really demonstrates the diversity of a band that is concerned with making good music, not just bashing their guitars around to make noise.
One of my top five albums ever, if you enjoy Smashing Pumpkins I would advise you to get this album.