This album tends to get maligned, I think, and with good reason. Offset by two very strong singles, Paradise and Bizzare Love Triangle, the lyrically-dull guitar tracks which make up a good deal of the album seem like rank filler. 'As It Was When It Was' tries for a delicate sound, but the lyrics are too horrible to stomach. 'All Day Long' has a similiar problem, made worse because it tries to tackle the subject of child abuse with its second-(or third, of fourth)-rate poetry. The only non-single song which I liked at first listen was 'Angel Dust,' a very intense three minutes with better-than-average lyrics and a strangely effective Middle-Eastern theme. As for the other songs, though, beginning with the two very similiar rock songs, 'Way of Life' and 'Broken Promise' (which I always mix up because the titles have very little relation to lyrics which make little sense), I tried to give the album a second chance. In the end, I think, it does have some value; the loud, clean sound on 'Weirdo' and 'Way of Life/Broken Promise' is uplifting, and the two singles plus Angel Dust count for a lot ('Bizzare Love Triangle' does suffer from a particularly bad case of singlitis; anyone who's heard the single mix on Substance will lose a lot of esteem for this trimmed version). As for the final track, I just don't know what to do with that. "Every second counts / when I am with you / I think you are a pig / you should be in a zoo"-and then he breaks down laughing. Yes, with the tapes running. Benefit of the doubt; I'll chalk it up to clever self-satire.