This album is an excellent introduction to a band maximizing the most of what little was available to them. Recorded over a space of two years in various bedrooms with a simple seven-track recording device, the band never falters from a sound as rich as it is joyous to listen to. The British lilt erupts only occasionally on Hope Springs Eternal and Tread Softly, with vocalists Robin and Joe Bennett harmonizing sweetly. The big difference between this album and those of organic competitors such as Gomez or Sigur Ros is the very dignified yet rural countryside feeling many songs evoke. Pocket Socket Rocket exemplifies this with its violin and slight steel guitar overtones. The album is difficult to criticize in any way, shape or form. Ebullient.
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AllMusic Review by Jason MacNeil