Recorded in the middle of Ziggy mania, this album was to start a pattern Bowie followed over his career - follow up a popular album with something that's rush recorded (see Tonight and Reality).
The songs on this album are, by and large, very good, but get lost in muddy production. The guitars are distorted and pushed too far up the mix and the vocal performances aren't among Bowie's strongest. Having said that, there are enough great songs to merit buying it.
Time, Lady Grinning Soul and Cracked Actor are standouts and it also features The Prettiest Star, the original of which had Marc Bolan on guitar. Although it contains the singles Jean Genie and Drive-in Saturday, it doesn't have John, I'm Only Dancing, which is a shame as it would have been the best song on the album. How he didn't find space for that yet managed to include a bemusing cover of the Stones Let's Spend The Night Together is only one of this album's mysteries.
If he'd taken his time recording this album instead of trying to capitalise on his new found popularity, what is a good album could have been a great one.