I bought this one on a whim way back when it was first released (still don't remember exactly why...). It slowly grew on me as I paraded around the country for a summer. Seems everywhere I went, there was Morphine.
I actually got see them live while visiting Austin, Texas (stood next to Mark Sandman without even knowing it before the show...). What a show. A two-string bass, a saxophone and some drums jam beyond belief. Who woulda thunk it!
While this was not their first recording it was the one that hooked me in. While in San Fran, there they were. While in Seattle, there they were. It was kinda bizarre. Anyhow, I gathered a whole bunch of folks to see them in Seattle without them every having heard the album. They were a bit skeptical but went anyhow. They were hooked.
I can't really explain it but the music and the lyrics really draw you in. At once dark and a bit wry, they are also quite witty and intelligent and catch the listener a bit off guard at times. It's quite fresh and quite effective and it really rocks. If you're looking for something a bit different than much of what passes for music today, this is a great twist.