I'm not nearly well-versed enough in classical music to attempt a review, but I can tell you that I'm extremely glad to re-make Satie's acquaintance. His work is tinged with dramatic melancholy, but it never feels morose. To my ears it sounds like proto-jazz, and for some reason it reminds me of the solo works that Charles Mingus did on piano. This is a far from academic opinion, I know, but trust me. If you dabble in classical at all and haven't given Satie a try, do it. His most famous work is the Trois Gymnopedies - you'll get what you need by starting there.
I also couldn't help but note the similarities between the album cover and the book cover, something that was completely unintentional. There seems to be some way in which these two things belong together. I hope to find it.