I think it is. For one thing, it has melodies. It has the wit that TOE was missing. It also has more heartbreak than TOE. The only thing it doesn't have is the power of a record label who can get Judd appearances on Rove.
What do you guys think?
UDDATE: In light of other stuff that is going down, this isn't **** stirring - it's a serious question. And no, no one (phil or close to phil) asked me to post this.