Best goddamn alt-rock album of the 90's. If musefreek can have his Mezcal Head thread, I can have this one. Absolutely incredible from start to finish, climaxing with For Dreaming which is among my very favourite songs ever.
To quote myself on another website:
"Thunderbird" came up on shuffle. Immense. Just fucking immense. Like if (Talk Talk's) "After The Flood" was an epic pop song. Or if a British band, any British band, was set the challenge of writing the biggest possible guitar chorus of the 1990's. Actually, the album reads pretty much like that challenge successfully attempted 10 times. And it's not all big choruses. The whole thing flows, shifts, and without seeming formulaic gradually moves from a slightly poppier (but still completely awesome) first half into a genuinely overwhelming second. Such a sense of space pervades the noise. Such patience, such pay-off. Further to what I said about "For Dreaming" above, for anthemic straight-up rock this is the finest thing going.