Sound — 10
Easily one of Frank's more accessible albums for the Zappa neophyte and/or mainstream rock enthusiast. The opener, "Inca Roads", is a legend in-and-of-itself in the world of progressive rock, between its beautiful harmonies, out-of-this-world lyrics and themes and Frank's solo which can never get old no matter how many times it's listened to. Outside of "Inca Road"'s epic journey flavor, there is enough blues base here to establish Frank's roots for any that would question his knowledge of the basics. "Can't Afford No Shoes" and "San Ber'dino" are both straight-ahead rockers, while "Andy" seems to be the talented offspring of both blues and the avant-garde. Overall, very well done and while it contains enough rock to lure in the unsuspecting first-timer, just enough Zappa spontaneity escapes to the listener to keep first-timers coming back again and again.
Lyrics — 10
Flawlessly alternating between the socially conscious ("Po-Jama People") and the odd for the sake of being odd ("Evelyn, A Modified Dog") with even a bit of German thrown in for good measure, the lyrics are just as witty and well-crafted as can be expected from Frank Zappa, and nary a dirty word to be found here. Napoleon Murphy Brock's voice is as smooth as ever, especially on "Inca Roads" and "Florentine Pogen".
Overall Impression — 10
Though not as adventurous or controversial as many other Zappa albums, it's this perceived innocuousness that works to draw in listeners not typical to Zappa's work. Besides the oft-mentioned "Inca Roads", the pair of "Sofa #1" and "Sofa #2" are easily the most impressive tracks and will come back to the listener when they least expect it and make them feel better for it every single time. If lost or stolen, it would be instantly replaced and repaid in the thief's blood.