Upon listening to this cd in it's initial stages of February '97, Secret Samadhi didn't turn my head, so to speak. That all changed in August. After shelving it due to the hangover of Throwing Copper I gave it a second chance, and to my honest surprise this cd blew me away. I played it 5 times in a row in one sitting, and came away after every sitting more breathless than the last. It's not hard to see why the critics and the general public didn't embrace this cd right away, it's dark, surreal at times and has overtones of misery, but given a chance you will realize that this is one hell of a spiritual album. It seems Ed Kowalczyk dug deep into his inner soul and came up with some very fine songs. It flows from one to another with tireless ease, culminating with my favortite track (if possible)"Insomnia and the Hole in the Universe". Give it a second and third and fourth chance, and by the time you reach "Gas Hed Goes West" hopefully you will come away with the same feeling of wonder as I did. Still my favorite LIVE album.