So ... that happened.
Beyond the legitimately awful album art, I'd often heard this was a bit of an underrated classic. I never got around to listening to it until I bought it on vinyl this past weekend. And it's awesome.
Some background: The album is the story of Gaye's divorce from his first wife, Anna Gordy. Perhaps hilariously, it was written to fulfill his divorce settlement -- he had agreed to pay a portion of the royalties from his next album as alimony. Definitely hilariously, the album tanked. I don't post this on the occasion of a breakup, but I can think of one or two for which this would have been apropos.