The album opens with the title track and the first thing we hear are jazzy drums, reminiscent of Elvin Jones or Art Blakey. A simple yet memorable guitar line chimes in and is repeated throughout the piece. Slowly, more and more instruments are added, the sound getting fuller and fuller. Also making an appearance here is cornet player Rob Mazurek who played with several Tortoise members in Isotope 217. The propulsive "Swung From the Gutters" follows and then the absolutely gorgeous "Ten-Day Interval." Multiple marimbas combine with piano in a piece that closely resembles classical minimalism. "I Set My Face to the Hillside" moves in yet another direction, sounding like an outtake from a spaghetti western soundtrack.
I'll be honest, this is an album that's hard to put into words. It really needs to be listened to. It may not be typical of Tortoise or post-rock, but then again there is nothing typical about either band or genre. It is what it is and what it is is one of the best albums of the 90s.