this album is an invigorating mix of catchy melodies, innovative guitar work, intelligent and unique lyrics, and an amazingly fluid rhythm section. everything about this band is great, and provides proof that there is still room for innovation in guitar-based rock. this album is a rough, sprawling, yet emotionally captivating masterpiece, with every song offering something new and different, and none of them filler. clocking in at over seventy minutes long, this is an ambitious statement for the wet behind the ears indie band they were when this album came out. amazingly though, the whole thing holds up, it's moods ranging from evocative rockers like "Breakthrough," and the magnificent "Tundra/Desert," to loopy and aptly titled "Dramamine" and the slower ballads like "Custom Concern." In addition to the strong songwriting, the musicianship on this album is incredible. both eric judy's bass playing and jeremiah green's drumming are inventive and unique, holding the songs together, managing to stay in that nebulous region where they are sloppy and loose enough to support isaac brock's peculiar guitar lines and rhythmic vocals, yet not drifting too far to the point where the songs fall apart. isaac brock himself rates as one of the unsung guitar heroes of the late nineties, having managed to forge a style and sound that is as personal and communicative as it is clever and and unique. he also deserves a great deal of credit for his inspired lyric writing and passionate delivery (even if at times he manages to sound like frank black's lispy bastard son). all in all this album is a masterwork from an incredibly talented band that has only grown by leaps and bounds with each new release.