Quite frankly, I'm surprised by the lack of comments. Together with the preceding acoustic album it's the best thing he has done since Shrouded, IMO.
It's full of quotes, too. Apart from quoting himself - "Imagining" (or is it "Achilles Last Stand"?) creeps up in "Cathedral", "Please Don't Touch" in "Sharks" - there's also Prokofieff's "Dance of the Knights" ("Natalia") and Ferrante & Teicher's "Exodus" ("Scorched Earth"). The first ten seconds of "Esperanza" even sound like a slowed down version of a certain extinct national anthem.
Anyway, I quite like all of that madness. A good year for Steve.