In a nutshell: I like it. I kept forgetting to order this CD, but I finally remembered, and I'm glad I did. I like prog quite a bit, and if this isn't prog, I don't know what is. I looked at JT's profile, and didn't see any influences listed, so I'll give you a couple: Chris Squire and Geddy Lee. John sometimes sounds like what would happen if you combined these two guys and gave the resulting bass monster a 7-string. This is not at all a criticism, I'm putting JT in good company, and I might point out that he definitely has his own style. While as a bass player, I play special attention to the bass, I don't want to imply that "Fear and Trembling" is just a bass shred-fest. It's a great CD with great songs and outstanding musicianship on all counts. But John is a big part of the music. The guitars can take flights of fancy while he keeps it going, perhaps not always in the traditional "bass player" mode, but this is a man who's pushing the limits of bass guitar. He and Jim provide solid rhythm section work throughout, although JT does stretch a bit on his solo work. If I had to find fault with anything, some of the super-high vocals sound maybe a bit weak. But not everyone is Geddy Lee. And the vocals in general are very strong. "Wounded" is the most "accessible" tune IMO, and probably has the most hit-single potential of any of the songs. I remember that it seemed like it took years for the guys to mix this album. It was time well-spent. I'd love to see them live, but I don't think they're doing San Diego anytime soon. And yes, I'll buy the next CD when it's available.