The amount of times I listened to this album when I was younger completely blinded me to the actual deserved rating. Definitely not as musically proficient as later works, but it will definitely get stuck in your head. I think it deserves to. The lyrical talents of Matt, alone, make this album worth listening to.
Moments give glimpses of glory, but as a whole, "Albatross" is uninspired. The life the album has lives in its inspirational and well-written lyrics sung with passion-drenched vocals, but that's just about it. It's worth a full listen a few times.