I gave this one five stars, maybe rounding up from four and a half or four and a quarter, but man I love this album. It absolutely rocks when you put it in your car cd player and crank it as you're driving, screaming along with Neil about "You'll never be a hero, your flying days are done, it's time to go home now, stop sniffing that smoking guuuuuuuuunnnnnnn!"
Okay. Get over the fact that it was made it the eighties and has some lame synths and stuff here and there. Forget it and you'll realize that mideast vacation is a great slow rocker, with memorable (if a little overly patriotic) lyrics that have passion behind them.
Inca Queen is another one that just rocks. It has the terrible big drum sound that destroys so many good songs from the eighties, but it uses the synths tastefully, almost in the background to some great classical type guitar. "Once there was an Inca queen..."
I love the bridge between versus. He does a great job of giving you a taste of something different, something out there, a feel for the jungle.
Cryin' Eyes starts with a riff that the Pixies would later borrow. I know Frank black and co were influenced by Neil because they did a few covers of his songs that ended up on b sides. Even the little bit of lead guitar at the beginning is vintage pixes (by which I mean they used a similar style and sound to pay homage to Neil, since he recorded this first.)
These are just a couple of fantastic songs on a worthy album. Give it a chance, spend your hard earned ten bucks on it and it will not disappoint.