An absolute gem. I bought this on vinyl when it was first issued and it hasn't lost anything in 27 years. Tracks such as "scientist writes a letter" are so far ahead, lyrically and conceptually of all the younger acts out at the time. There's such great description. I saw him live a few years later, after the release of "the wonder" and enjoyed it, but i already felt he'd buried most of this album, even then. (I may be wrong about this). It sounds like his most personal album to me. In a word, A masterpiece.