I think it is sometimes a mistake to get hung up on the humour side of Half Man Half Biscuit and to label them simply as a comedy rock act really does belittle their full range of attractions.
Don't get me wrong, this album is funny, the witty asides and genuinely clever insights into everyday life are fantastically good but let's not forget both the poignant and the accurate elements many of their lyrics contain. For example to describe the efforts a man will go to get and keep an attractive girl by making her "Mathematically Safe" probably is more poetically understandable by one and all than some trumped up, over flowery soppy text.
The lyrics alone though wouldn't be enough to make this a fantastic album. There are some brilliant solid rock tunes here as well, "Third Track Main Camera Four Minutes" and "Bottleneck at Capel Curig" are prime examples. Best of the bunch by a mile is "Look Dad no Tunes"
Perhaps justified musical criticism could be levelled at the slightly self indulgent tracks like "Used to be in Evil Gazebo" or "Visitor for Mr Edmonds" but there again is it really worth getting worked up over the demise of old Noel?
If you love HMHB you'll love this, if you love the quirky, the outrageous and the unique you'll love this. If you love Noel Edmonds, go away!