The band were clearly happy to stretch out a bit more, getting rocky (for them) on Nothing Stops It and the bittersweet sounding Over. All His Stupid Friends is almost childish in its glorification of another's misery, yet it's backed with wonderfully tasteful music and works beautifully. Later, Could I Hide Here? is a fine cross pollination of the Smiths and 4AD.
After a while the tracks start to run into each other, because basically the album is a slab of thinly-veiled misery, and it's a mood held right through. This of course, is a compliment. Who knew wallowing self-indulgence could be so enjoyable?