I'm only 14, but I've been listening to the Dead for about 4 years. I just picked up "In the Dark" today and for the most part liked what I heard. "Touch of Gray" (The Bands Only top 10 song ever)and "When Push Comes To Shove" are great examples of Jerry making his guitar talk, and Robert Hunter's great lyrics. Brent Mydlands' Tons of Steel was interesting, but nothing special. If you want Dead piano, pick up Europe '72, with Pigpen on Keyboards. The album as a whole has a more bluesy feel than the early folk style American Beauty Dead, which isnt a totally bad thing. After a few years off, the Dead deliver a good, solid, effort. Personally I love American Beauty, Europe '72, and Workingman's Dead, but In the Dark is worth your $13. Jerry, Bob, and Phil proved that the Dead wasn't Dead. This album should also be treasured as one of the last Dead Studio Albums, before Jerry's 1995 death. May the Four Winds Blow You Home. Forever Grateful, Forever Dead. Also, if anyone wants some Dead style music, pick up Dave Matthews Band, or Phish.