No joke, this is one of my all time favorite albums. But I can see why some might not like it. It has complex arrangements, painstakingly executed by top flight musicians, yet it's not some masturbatory prog nonsense. The lyrics have a dry sense of humor and clever wordplay, but it never seems condescending or insulting. While the songs are pretty diverse in style, the album has a glammy unified cohesion. Yeah, I can see why people don't like this.