Astral Weeks is a funny little album. It took some time (a lot of time) for me but once I got it I got it (not as much as the Stone Roses, of course). It's a (very) little bit like Stormcock, just with more musical diversity, fuller arrangements, and nasally vocals. I will say that putting "Beside You" second does the record no favors; it's tuneless and the vocals are the most obnoxious on the whole disc. It was definitely a stumbling block for me (in many of these respects it's like the second track on Doolittle).