I know some people find this record hard to appreciate because it's not one of his later shred-fests, but you have to listen to it with 2 things in mind:
1. Steve had come from Frank Zappa's band, and was heavily influenced by it here. If you're not a fan of Zappa, you probably won't get these songs.
2. Most of what you're hearing had never been done before. What we now take for granted in sounds, effects, and tricks was invented on this album.