There are exceptions to this. The bashfully slow Tears Are In Your Eyes features a fine icy vocal from Hubley. On the other extreme, the totally out of place rocker Cherry Chapstick barrels along in the manner of their earlier, harder-edged material ie it's a bit like Sonic Youth. In fact the stronger material is towards the end of the album, From Black to Blue and Madeline are quite dozy but they noodle along in a sort of interesting way, with decent almost-choruses. The furtive organ piece Tired Hippo sets the scene nicely for the final track Night Falls on Hoboken. Starting with a gentle strum it builds gradually for seven minutes, becoming a full on drone piece for the remaining ten minutes. It's hugely self-indulgent but kind of cool all the same.
Some of Yo La Tengo's other albums are more varied, and in many ways more enjoyable, but this one has a lazy charm.