This is probably my favorite VF cd ever. Next to it would be their first (self-titled) and then "Blind Leading the Naked."
Pure and simple...this is a great release. I recently noticed that this has been re-released on the Rhino label (of all labels)! I still have the original Slash label pressing, as well as the WB release of the cd, and play them quite frequently. I remember how cool these guys were back in the day, and how cool these songs still are (at least, up until album "3").
Do take notice however that "Country Death Song&...;Ballad of Hollis Brown." Yes, 20 years prior to VF, Bob sang about a weary, destitute farmer who spends the last dollar to his name on a box of shotgun shells to off his family, then himself, with. But, kudos VF for putting a different spin on it.
This album is particularly worth the investment for "I know it's true..." alone. That song, along with "Please...do not go away" on their self-titled album (and, of course, the sweet and tender ditties on the "Blind" cd) got me through the trials and tribulations of adolescence--along with the angst of the "Living in Darkness" album by Agent Orange and "Richard Hung Himself" by D.I., and possibly every Descendents' lp up to "Milo Goes to college."
Ah, the beauty of adolescence in the '80s. I remember it well.
Well, I hope you forgive this review being somewhat off-topic. It brought back alot that I didn't forsee becoming part of this.
In short, the best, if not second best, release by VF. Very worth getting, along with the other two best (Self-titled, and "Blind").