Having first seen Stuart and co on their inaugural tour at the record shop Missing in Glasgow to promote this album I was absolutely blown away by their genius. It is a wonderful collection of 3 minute works of art encompassing a wide range of styles from the techno-influenced 'Ballad of Ray Suzuki' to the almost lullaby like closing track 'Up a Tree Again'.
Although short at a tad over half an hour, the quality, both musically and lyrically, that the album exudes more than makes up for this and certainly never tires from repeat listening. Indeed, even 18 months later I'm still amused by the whole thought of Columbo parking his car outside my local Burger King ('Columbo's Car'). On the basis of this, and the follow-up ('Geometrid') Stuart David's decision to go solo has released an almighty talent that was otherwise restrained within B & S.
And best of all, having bought a copy on the night I was able to get it autographed - a rare moment considering the well-known reclusiveness of members of Belle & Sebastian.