The album that briefly was forced to change it's name because of 9/11 turns 22 years old in July.
Excellent article, I loved this album as well and quite surreal reading it given the fact I was in college at the same time (99-02) outside Philadelphia, a Cleveland suburb transplant, Browns fan, 9/11, etc. Also dealt with a lot of the awkwardness of that period of life. I look back now with a lot of grace. We were all doing the best we could.
On the album-opening/closing track, I think there's still a fear that if we hold a real whomper back on the end of a record, it'll never get played. People like openers, and will maybe check the next 2 songs if you're lucky anymore.