I remember several friends buying the single "Best Friend's Girl" as much because it was a picture disc retailing at normal price as for the quality of the record. I was hooked more by the follow-up, "Just What I Needed", a record topped off by a memorable guitar solo. But I waited for the album instead.
Hearing the singles on the radio never conveys how good the production on this album is. When the keyboards flood the opening track they reveal a Spectorish wall of sound, an influence most pointed during the album's final track. This record was made a few years before digital techniques strangled the live elements of recorded music. Compare the sound on this to the dead notes that make up the band's hugely successful "Heartbeat City" album. This is an album you live through, a drive through a twinkling, night-time city, as opposed to the barren landscape of the later album. It helps that the songs are good of course but the material on "Heartbeat City" is pretty decent too.
The final masterstroke here is the climax to the album with the creepy "Moving In Stereo" segueing into "All Mixed Up". This is one of the classiest pop albums of the 1970s, better than anything else this band ever did.