I got this album after hearing one of her tracks on a TV commercial. At the first listen, I thought, "This is a nice enough album. A little eccentric in spots, but I like that." At the second listen, I already had gotten hooked on certain parts of some of the tracks. By the third listen, I was completely addicted. Now I can't stop listening to it!
It's mellow *and* dramatic without being >ahem< melodramatic. The vocals range from extremely intimate, for-your-ears-only, and childlike, to operatic and machine-filtered. The lyrics are somehow very affecting despite (or because of?) their frequent nonsensical quality.
There is a nice blend of organic and generated sound in the instrumental layers. (It's often difficult to tell which is which.) There's probably nothing that would have prepared me for the eclectic mix of styles, such as the tuba/polka sounds of "Oompa Radar."
Overall, a perfect album for summer listening.