4 Song CD

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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny

Despite the title, 4 Song CD actually includes ten tracks -- however, give the band credit for some truth in advertising, since only four or so are truly listenable. It's a strange, willfully schizophrenic collection, even by Sebadoh standards -- released just months before their masterpiece, Bakesale, it includes two of that disc's highlights ("Rebound" and "Careful"), as well as two more in four-track demo format ("Not a Friend" and "Mystery Man"). With the exception of the closer, "Lime Kiln," the rest are raw, noisy instrumentals and tape experiments, including a wholly unexpected (and, to be honest, unwanted) cover of John Coltrane's "Naima." It's tough to imagine anyone with Bakesale in their collection ever pulling this one out for a spin, but some suckers -- including this writer -- shelled out good money to pick it up. Don't make the same mistake.