Twenty years later, Shipping News uses its latest record, Very Soon, and in Pleasant Company, to reaffirm the widespread roots that PiL spawned. The difference is that, in the course of evolution, bands such as the Shipping News have reshaped the minimalist approach into one that embraces only traces of traditional songs -- melody, some structure, and a bit of tunefulness. On Very Soon, the band takes a quiet and slightly droning approach three songs deep before increasing the volume on an instrumental cut titled "Nine Bodies, Nine States," which comes close to accomplishing a jazz/rock parallel many have attempted before without success. Yet, while "Nine Bodies" has dynamics that carry through several listens, the rest of Very Soon tends to meander through noodling and sound effects more than it builds any sense of composition. The band never keeps things going in one direction long enough to coalesce. In the end, Very Soon is mood music that never sets a mood.