The recurring theme in all these reviews seems to be "why the bl**dy helldidn't Straw make it big?". Listening to the album you'll see how worthy apoint that is. If Blur had released this album it would have been hailedas a classic; satirical lyrics, "oomphy" songs, cheeky electro effects,fantastic melodies, just the right blend of quirky pop and rockin' rock...but somehow Straw didn't quite get there. The vocalist's voice is simplygorgeous (think Gaz from Supergrass but with more pathos), and hisdelivery is spot-on; the affectations are many, but succeed in not beingtiresome or contrived. The songwriting really is refreshing too: when it'ssad it is genuinely sad; when it's brazen and anthemic it really hits thespot. Everything is perfect on this album - even the production isfantastic (and five years down the line doesn't sound dated or tacky, ascan so easily be the case when so many electronic effects are employed). Iam gutted the second album never got released. If anyone knows where I canget hold of a copy of it....?