After the first listen, I thought this cd was just ok. After repeated listenings, I really started to get into it. Every song is very catchy, and the disc definately grows on you. John McCrea's bitter vocals are wry and incisive as always, and the bass lines are driving, the trumpets are soaring, the guitar breaks are rocking, and the drums are banging. John's vocals and the music really mesh together well, rendering a furor of rich, melodic, pop songs. The apex of the cd is probably the funky jamming toward the end of track 5, Tolene. Backround vocalists are chanting an amazing "ahhhh ah ahhh" in the backround while the guitar solo is just shredding and John is begging the listener to "get down!" Awesome. Other high points include the opener Comanche, Rock N Roll Lifestyle, Ain't No Good and I Bombed Korea. This cd is intelligent pop/rock at its best. Any fans of cake or just pop music in general should be smitten with this incredible outing from a stellar band.