The first and best LP from the FBB is the benchmark for "alt-country" and "blue-eyed soul". Written fairly quickly, Parsons and Hillman, managed to record a truly landmark album, which although is very much of its time, still sounds groundbreaking today. Parsons trademarks his cracked mostly in tune voice over such killer cuts as "Hot Burrito #1" and "Hot Burrito #2". His reading of "Dark End of the Street" may not impress James Carr fans, but it will move everybody else.
Hillman provides the musical chops and appears to be relishing his release from Byrdland - check out the bluegrassy "My Uncle". Like the Velvet Underground LP's, nobody bought this when it was first released. However it's influence, for better or for worse, has and will endure.