STP proves, on this album, that they have outlasted every grunge band, every drug addiction, every jail sentence, and every setback and the lyrics on most of these songs show that. Songs like "Bi-Polar Bear," "Wonderful," and "A Song for Sleeping" are the most introspective, mature songs the band has written. They mesh well with the heavier songs such as "Dumb Love," "Coma," and "Regeneration." "Too Cool Queenie" reminds the listener of "Tiny Music" and "Long Way Home" evokes "Where the River Goes." The band blends light and shade masterfully in this opus. The band has finally separated itself from the Tiny Music mixing methods and returned to big, heavy sounds. The guitar is up front in the mix, the bass is clearly audible and punchy, and the drums clear and loud. The lighter songs lose none of the impact because they're mixed the same way. The acoustic guitars are up front in the mix so they're not drowned out by the vocals or drums. STP's tremendous musicianship matches the superb mixing and mastering on this work.