The group came together in a fairly offhand way. Harrison mentioned the idea of making some songs with his friends, then all of them going back to their own music. They got together to record a sing as a b-side for one of Harrison's singles, by the record company decided the song, "Handle With Care", was too good for a b-side. So the group came together and wrote and recorded the entire album over a 10-day period. The album would go on to become triple platinum, and spawned several hit singles.
The basic style of the album is classic rock with a bit of a blues underlining. As all members are guitarists, they are the clear focus (session musicians were used for drums and other roles). There are no big jams, just catchy melodies and a perfect blending of vocals. Orbison's voice is very distinct from the others, and is a real pleasure when blended in. Dylan and Petty have similar sort of nasal voices; in fact, Dylan liked Petty's voice so much, he started imitating it, and later had to be taught to sing like himself again.
This was five legends who really liked each other sing what they love best, and while this is often a recipe for a their-away album, they produced a classic. "Handle With Care" and "End of the Line" became classic rock staples. They hit close to blues with "Tweeter and the Monkey Man", a tale that spawned the phrase, "In Jersey, everything's legal, as long as you don't get caught". They play with song structure and the use of vocals as an instrument with "Margarita".
The album never strays from it's core aesthetic of being a straight up guitar album. You won't hear screeching feedback, but you will hear guitars attempting harmonies. The album is from 1988, but has a short of 70s-80s feel...if you like classic rock, this if your wheelhouse. If you like any of these artists, this is a must. If you like music, you let it to yourself to at least give a listen.