There are a lot of standout tracks on this album -- moreso than on Long John Silver -- so I'm glad they rewrote the end of the Airplane story to include one more album. It's kind of neat to see what directions Airplane got bent into after everyone had gone off to do their thing for 15+ years and then came back to compare notes.
"Freedom" is an amazing track, and was a centerpiece of their live show. "Solidarity," "The Wheel," "Common Market Madrigal" and "True Love" are also incredibly solid tracks.
I think the album gets unfairly maligned, because people tend to compare it to the whole Airplane legacy that precedes it.
If you judge the music on it's own terms, rather than how it holds up against your memories of the first time you got high to Surrealistic Pillow, it sounds just as good as anything else that came out that year -- and probably better.
Another critique is of Ron Nevison's over-slick production, or the over-reliance on studio musicians. It would have been interesting to hear an album that just stuck to the talent at hand, but I guess we'll never know.
My only "problem" with the album is that a good chunk of the songs they used had already been kicking around for years... Things that Jorma and KBC had been performing for some time. There are some "new" songs, but it was almost as though they could'nt be bothered to write a whole album's worth of brand spanking new material -- they just took what was lying around and brought it to the table.
Whatever. That doesn't really affect the overall quality of the album and I really think it's worth your time to seek it out for a listen -- it will certainly give you a fuller picture of the Airplane story, even if it isn;t the "classic" Airplane everyone seems to want but nobody can quite define.