This week has been my first experience with the "Soap Opera" album. Like "Preservation Act 2," AllMusic did a number on this one, and for whatever reason I just never got around to it. I don't have the ability to dig as deep as you guys do, and I don't care about following the story/plot of the album, but I will say I enjoy 3 of these first 4 songs a lot. "Everybody's a Star (Starmaker)" and "Ordinary People" are solid tunes to open the album with. They get stuck in my head. The only thing I don't like are these female backing vocalists, though they aren't as annoying as on "Preservation Act 2." I would like to hear Dave handle some of these. I get the showbiz side of it, but I wish most (if not all) musicals of the time didn't feel they had to resort to it. "Rush Hour Blues" - I don't find as good or enjoyable as many of you. Just seems kind of long and unfocused to me (so far). "Nine to Five" reminds me of "Oklahoma USA" in a way. I wish it was a bit longer to feel more finished, but it's a good one. "He's checking a list that's been checked out before and he's starting to lose his mind." Whoever mixed this album finally got Ray's vocals up to a decent level. The sound surprised me as I didn't expect it to rock so. The album cover giving me false impressions.