One of those rare albums that truly deserves the label 'Classic'. By that I mean every song here is excellent. When describing an album of true significance my eloquence often deserts me - I'm much better with the negative stuff ! However, Natalie Merchant's beautiful voice is given here it's best material. Perfect arrangements, beautiful melodies and spellbinding story-telling. 'What's the matter here?', 'Hey jack kerouac', 'A campfire song','The painted dessert',''Like the weather' and the wonderfully poignant 'Verdi cries' make this album a true treasure. Buy, blag, beg, burn, steal or borrow.