This for me is the pinnacle. The influences are there but this is entirely it's own thing and tries to be nothing else. I can think of no other album that is so mesmerising and so effortless. A masterpiece.
wow, this puts shivers into your spine at least one point during it's long playing time, over 2 discs or records. the cd does come out into a nice two folding double album. this is a very underrated record, since it didn't sound that much like some of their older material. but it's a very moving masterpiece of astounding poignance that it is not to be missed.