But what most separates this effort from previous Townsend solo projects is the lyrical content. From the spiritual "Somebody Saved Me" and "The Sea Refuses No River" (wow, what lyrics!), to mocking conformity "Uniforms", to his disgust with the Hollywood/southern California phoniness "Exquisitely Bored", to relationship disenchantment "Stardom In Action", this whole album is full of poetry, "exquisite" metaphors, and whole new ways of looking at some seemingly tired subjects. Every track has fantastic lyrics, several needing repeated listens to really sink in or fully comprehend. Townsend took great effort and time to put together this piece of art (in my eyes) and the listener will be rewarded time and time again, as long as they give this record a few listens, as it takes that long to really appreciate the breadth of this work.
Note: I have not heard the three bonus cuts (the last three), so I can't comment on their quality.