Rusted Root is a great band and Welcome to my Party has the band at its best. The title song and the gorgeous Blue Diamonds are as good as it gets. It's amazing that a collection of gimmicky, noise-laden grating pop songs sung on Wilco's over rated and hyped CD, Yankee Foxtrot Hotel or Hotel Foxtrot, whatever, garners all the accolades and comparisons to the Beatles and Cobain, etc. and a supremely more talented and pop-driven band like Rusted Root, with their quirky lead singer(he sounds like a deep-voiced nervous accountant trying to sing Led Zeppelin songs in the shower) and sensual, totally complimentary female vocalists wrapped into funky electric, lush acoustic guitars and rhythms, get very little press. (I did see them on the Today Show though and the comical hostess shoved a microphone into Glabicki's face and asked him who his major influence is. It obviously caught him off guard. He stammered for awhile and then blurted out that he's been listening to a lot of Neil Young. It was funny.)
This is a great album by a fun, talented band at the top of their game.
My dream concert would be at DB's in New Orleans where Poi Dog Pondering opens with a forty-five minute set, followed by an hour of Guster, and then Rusted Root jams until the wee hours of the morning.