I have tried very hard to like this album, but I still keep coming up disappointed. I've loved all era's of CT: 70's heyday, non-Tom years, late 80's sell-out, 97 comeback, but this album just does not deliver on any familiar plane. I believe this has mostly to do with the recording and production; I've heard these songs for years performed live prior to the studio recordings, and they were incredible. Evolved songwriting and excellent tone and drive on stage.
However, the recorded version just doesn't rock. It's great that they wanted to avoid sounding the same, but this new sound is not the guitar rock CT is known for. I don't see what people like about this album... I really enjoy Scent of a Woman (classic CT), Sorry Boy (All Shook Up type paranoia) and Special One (gentle, beautiful song unlike anything before), but the remainder of the album is so lackluster and boring, I don't want to hear the 3 tracks I enjoy (I'm a listen-to-CD's-start-to-finish-guy). I can only imagine the fans who love this CD have either aged and mellowed, or mindlessly love any CT they can get their hands on. CT remains to be my favorite band, but this album ...
The included DVD, however, is alone worth the price of buying this.
DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR: FIND A COPY OF THE STEVE ALBINI RE-RECORDED 'IN COLOR' ALBUM, OR THE 3-CD OUTTAKES FROM CT97 ALBUM. YOU'LL BE MUCH MORE SATISFIED WITH THAT.
Don't bother with the Tokyo to You DVD, although these songs sound better there, you do not get to see a single song played in it's entirety.