But these Scots don't only evoke Barlow and company with such sullen soliloquys as "If Everything Fell Quiet," "Deviance," and "Will You Please Be There for Me"; they also bring to mind a lot of those second-echelon groups who flourished in the mid-'90s indie rock heyday (check out the dreary stupor of "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" for Purple Ivy Shadows levels of somnolence). When Jenny Reeve of Eva takes center stage to wax one of those perfectly dreamy, icicle-melting numbers à la Belle & Sebastian chanteuse Isobel Campbell, it's a welcome relief from the whole lonely-farmboy proposition. Then there's "Sting," which starts out Barlowesque, then breaks into a loping wave of portostatic atmospherics that finally breaks the aura of shy-guy reserve with the most ornate Belle & Sebastian-like moment on the LP. In many ways, it demonstrates what this makeshift group could have done if it had gone a little lighter on the Barlowisms. As it is, it'll have to stand as the best Sebadoh album since Bakesale.