This is by far the best ben folds five album ever recorded, to be clear. a lot of the criticism that has been leveled at it has been due to the strange shift in style. Fans of the old-college-all-boy-give me my money back BF5 will be shocked and may not be able to come to grips with this more mature and coherent project. While the previous two BF5 studio albums have contained great tracks and hooks, they never really flowed as an album, at least altogether, all though WAEA was moving in the right direction. This, however, is pure musical euphoria, through and through. From the incredible opening track to the somber closer, everything goes smoothly and transitions incredibly well. It is very much a concept album, with tracks referencing each other and ideas, musically and lyrically, coming together seamlessly to form, in my opinion, the greatest album of the 90's. If you are a hard core BF5 fan, buy it and love it. If you are a fan of the faster and catchy piano rock of their first album, you may be disappointed. Kudos to the band for putting out a truly epic final album, critics be damned.