I was also late to discover this band, but not as late as you.
Didn't know they existed until I moved to Canada and started shopping at the second-hand stores (mid-90s).
There I saw both CDs and since then they've been in heavy rotation. I like both albums, however, if I have to pick one, it would be this (the 2nd) album, simply for the magnificent guitar work by Dann Huff, correctly stated in your article as well.
Thanks for checking out the article.
I'd love to get my hands on the band's other two albums to see how they compare.