I bought this the day it came out, and it is pretty much what I expected - Lovely tunes, swoonsome melodies and choruses that go round and round in your head all day. I don't want to compare it to previous TFC albums because any band worth their salt is going to move on and avoid repeating themselves (see Radiohead also). This is probably the most mellow TFC album and the vibe is not dissimilar to Neil Young's "Harvest Moon". I saw them play most of this album live in Liverpool two nights ago and for me it is the joint best album of 2000 (along with Kid A). If you liked Songs from Northen Britain you will enjoy it, but if your only reference point is Bandwagonesque or 13 then you might be in for a surprise.