I give it a 3 for overall production and songwriting, but am adding an extra star for sentimental reasons. I saw a copy of Offering in a used record store when I was a teenager, around 1992 or 1993, and they only wanted a couple bucks for it. I didn't have any money and couldn't get my old man to spring for it, because we did not have a turntable and he didn't see the point in me purchasing a record that I couldn't play. I remember reading the dedication by Herb Alpert and being moved by it, the idea of an album being offered up as a sort of prayer. I was familiar with the incarnation of Ticket to Ride and had the CD at the time, but something about Offering grabbed me and I determined right there and then that I had to own a copy of it. To this day, I refer to the album as Offering, because it just carries so much more weight in my heart and soul than Ticket to Ride. I still pull my copy of Offering out from time to time, the second I have owned since that day, and re-read that dedication. It still gives me goosebumps. I had it memorized like the preamble to the Constitution before "old-timer's" disease started settling in.