This album is neither a Five-Star Album, nor a One-Star Album, as most of the previous reviewers have stated. Rather, it is a very, very good and original pop recording with style and feeling, but not the second coming of Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello, either (THAT would probably be early Ben Folds!)... Basically, if you find no objection with Ringo Starr's singing style, or The Flaming Lips' "Soft Bulletin", and if you do not find schmaltz corny, but actually "cool", you'll enjoy this record. The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs did some of this stuff somewhat better, but with a little tinge of irony. Rufus' take on what I would, for lack of a better term, call "Broadway Rock", is much more earnest and straightforward, the kind of take some people find laughing at irresistible. Think of your naive and sensitive 11-year old discovering Neil Diamond for the first time and thinking the man's cool... that's the sort of reaction Rufus is bound to draw from you. I have no problem with schmaltz: I have been known to drive around with my windows rolled down and Serge Gainsbourg blaring from my speakers, so I have no problem with Rufus... However, I can see, understand and respect that other people might disagree.