The members of Vermont's Guppyboy went on to form Ladybug Transistor and the Essex Green. With their 1997 debut on Sudden Shame Records, they experimented with their poppy variety of folk/country indie pop. The disc starts off with the slow and reflective "Washington Square," which is followed by "Trouble," which includes a healthy dose of banjo and could easily be mistaken for Wilco. "Avalon Ballroom" is a duet that has an awkward pause in the middle. Once the song finds its pace again, it's an enjoyable and relaxed collaboration. "Affection" includes bittersweet and distant vocals, creating a haunting feeling throughout the track. The harmonies on "Holiday" add to the song's warm and playful aura. "New Orleans" later re-emerged on the Essex Green's self-titled EP on Elephant 6. It's probably the most unabashedly whimsical track on the disc. The pace continually changes throughout the album, going from the moderately upbeat "New Orleans" to the slowed down and gentle "Cam 2" and "Snow Song." "Wendy" would later appear on the Ladybug Transistor disc Beverly Atonale as "Windy." The disc ends with "Berry Girl," a delicate and amiable song of varying tempos. Overall, the mostly melancholy mood of the songs are somewhat balanced out by some of the up-tempo ones, although not entirely.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer