This album takes on more poignancy now that Natasha has sadly passed away. Objectively, one has to say that the two that came after it are better, and that the two that preceded it are not as good; this is really a record where you are finding seeds of what was to come, both as a band, and in their other projects with Chris Cornell and Josh Homme. That said, there are some stand-out tracks on this which delight with every listen - "Nature Wants To Kill Me", "Coming Down" and "Tomorrow Speaks" probably being the best of the bunch. If it does suffer, it's probably in that too many of the songs are based around Alan Johannes's very individual guitar style - in a three piece band, I guess this is understandable, and in a funny kind of way, it shows how much the band grew as songwriters later in that they were able to harness his considerable musical talents to greater effect.
We'll never see them now, although I gather a sixth album was in the making before Natasha sadly crossed over, so maybe there's one more treat for us to cherish yet. In the meantime, you're almost certainly a fan - if you haven't got this yet, it's well worth buying, if only to see where they were at this stage of their all-too-short career. And as I say, there are one or two gems here too.
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