[Disclaimer: There are many very good reviewers at Amazon who are classically trained and essentially subject matter experts. Me, I'm a layman who's been listening for a few decades and has picked up some understanding along the way. Please take my reviews in that context]
Evan Ziporyn is making a name for himself, maybe because he is unconventional in product presentation, or that he incorporates exotic, unconventional instruments into his compositions. This disc contains 4 pieces, with 2 of them, in my opinion, presented as gimmicks. The cool, new hip title of "Frog's Eye" catches the human eye, because it is unusual and amusing. Then listening to the piece, you can say "Yeah, I definitely hear a frog". The problem is that the music does not develop; it presents the gimmick melody, and then just adds instruments and accompanying lines with each repeat. The music goes nowhere, like a vehicle in a ditch with the wheels spinning. After a couple of hearings, even the gimmick gets old.
Then there's "War Chant". The string sounds are made to slide, not from note to note, but as a continuous rise in pitch as it goes, and then continuous decreasing in pitch as it goes back down. The effect is like some Hollywood depiction of an acid trip or something.
From what I can tell, neither of these two pieces is written in any classical type of form. They're merely free-form sound pieces; no structure like the musical growth and architecture of a symphony, or a quartet, or a concerto, or anything.
One saving element is the last piece, a clarinet concerto of sorts called "Drill". Strongly jazz influenced, and just a bit of rudimentary musical development here, but a hybrid of minimalism is used not in the best way, apparently to extend the piece. OK, so here is where the car finally gets some traction and unceremoniously pulls itself out of the ditch with mud flying everywhere and drivers passing by shaking their heads. But by then, one is turned off to the disc as a whole.
However, the music is what it is, and in the end, it really doesn't make any pretenses of being anything more than a collection of glorified classically-oriented pop melodies. Some may find it enjoyable, and for that and its lack of pretense, I score it a 3.