To its credit, the CD version (yes, I still get CDs) comes with a pretty comprehensive booklet, that includes a full synopsis, the lyrics and a few production stills. But one of the things that makes this recording unique and kinda fun for those of us who don't get why Sandy Cheeks is a squirrel underwater, is that each song is written by different people. So for me, part of the fun of listening to this was trying to guess who wrote which songs (I didn't peek the first time I listened!). It was pretty easy to pick out the songs by David Bowie, the guys from Aerosmith, The Plain White T's, and Lady Antebellum.
Given that several of the major roles have been recast in the time between this recording and its Broadway opening (Wesley Taylor, Jon Rua and a few others are missing here), I don't think it fair to judge the recording against what might be happening on the Palace Theatre stage these days. But I will say that everyone on the recording sounds terrific and in character.
At just under an hour, this is a pleasant diversion. It is a fun, enjoyable score ("Bikini Bottom Day" is this season's ear worm, for sure), and one I think I'll enjoy even more once I actually see the show.
(Full disclosure: I received a copy of the CD for free, in exchange for a review, and without any obligation to be positive in my evaluation.)