I have to admit that I reacted with skepticism to almost everything going on with Scala for the past two years.
Having read up to Chapter 7 of Venkat Subramaniam's Programming Scala I am now convinced that it is well worth the time to learn it.
Endless Scala sales pitches from well-meaning bloggers confused me and turned me away, but it turns out to be a concise language with conceptual integrity that rivals Erlang. If you have avoided looking at Scala because it looks wacky and unfocused, give it another chance and pick up Venkat's book. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.