this is definitely one of the essential SY albums. there are a handful of incredible songs, but the album really falls apart a few songs in. The Diamond Sea combines one of the most beautiful and timeless melodies the band has ever penned with a long, mesmerizing foray into pure noise bilss. other highlights: Becuz (a great song and one of my all-time favorite Kim Gordon vocal performances) Unwind, Saucer-Like, and Junkie's Promise (which rocks harder and more unconventionally than any song from Dirty). Skip Tracer isn't bad, but in general i don't like music behind poetry/spoken word performances. it's decent (but not great) as poetry, but i'd rather hear it spoken solo. No Queen Blues is ok but not bnecessary. The title track has some excellent guitar work but i hate the lyrics and Kim's delivery is a dissappointment after the beguiling Becuz. this album is a great addition to any SY collection.