the first song alone has more guitar effects than most bands can conjure up in an entire album, or most guitar players could ever play. it's a great introduction because it's just as brilliant as daydream nation, but a more concise album At 1/2 the running time. it's inspiring, empowering music from a time when "alternative" was understood to mean something. and this album, and indeed the band as a whole, are so inluential and cast such a large shadow over modern music, you owe it to yourself to find out why. the best SY album to cut your teeth on. give it a few spins though, it takes some digesting at first; but it's atistically rewarding in a way that no bands are anymore.