I couldn't believe how good the CD layer sounds on this. I don't have an SACD player (and most likely never will) but even the CD layer shows that this was one well recorded album. It could have been done yesterday. As for the songs, well, they're all at such a slow tempo that I guess it's OK to have in the background while doing 'other things' but they're too slow for critical listening, just too much of the same thing really. Not unhappy with having bought it, just bear in mind, it's all very slow ballad-like songs.