I'm going back through my collections and I've hit the Salt mine. ;)
Where to begin with this? Every song is good. The girls have a knack for hauntingly mixing melodies and harmonies in layers that weave back and forth, and the songwriting runs the gamut from softly whispered to right-out-rocking, but it never loses its grit or its edge. This is a remnant of the effectively dead Chicago grunge scene in the mid-90's, and it lives up to that classification heartily. Crunching guitar riffs with huge distortions and electified, simple solos with the picks screeching along the metal.
Yet the most compelling aspect of this record is the evocative sadness that pervades much of it. There's a sense of nostalgia present, and it's not a derivative of the record's age. It's present in the songs themselves; songs such as "Fly" and "Celebrate You", "Wolf", "25" and "Sleeping Where I Want" are catchy yet suppressively dark at the same time. Ultimately, these will be the tunes that keep this record from falling into obscurity behind the rest of your collection.
The lead single "Seether" is of course the most recognizable to anyone over the age of 24; but the ferocious opening rocker "All Hail Me" will catch the attention and get things going, and the haunting, dark "Spiderman '79" will solidify Veruca Salt in the mind of the listener. The only song on the album which sounds out of place is the copycat "Forsythia," which, while certainly having catchy drum and bass lines, just seems a tad too contrived in comparison to the other songs.