Let me qualify this review by stating that I am not now, nor have I ever been, and I hope I never will be a Devo 'fan'. But I have heard all of their albums, at least from the first up to "Smooth Noodle Maps", and I have certainly found tracks of interest scattered haphazardly throughout their recordings- most of which I find mildly annoying at best. But this album always seemed to stand out from all others. "Total Devo" is different. Instead of emotionless robotic vocals and bland early electronica, this album actually is overflowing with emotion amidst the bland early electronica (although it must be said that this came out in '88; electronica had long since passed it's early Gary Numan era and advanced, while noone apparently told Devo). From what I can gather, it appears that Mothersbaugh had weathered an extremely bad relationship prior to or during this album, and while that is a sad thing, it helped Devo's music. To me, at least; I can actually feel something other than comatose while hearing "Total Devo". Still, this is by no means a classic, must-buy cd. I don't even play it more than once in a blue moon or else whenever a friend discusses Devo. But it's the only Devo cd I personally own, and it's the only Devo cd I would recommend to anyone. "Smooth Noodle Maps" is also acceptable, to a lesser degree...maybe in their final years Devo attempted maturity. I don't know, really.