Embassy Row starts out a little like late period VU but then scorches off into a streaky rocker. Blue Hawaiian provides a change (down) of pace, with classic Malkmus muttered lyrics ("your cheeks have lost their lustre"). The understated Starlings of the Slipstream is a late highlight, again it's highly melodic though not a predictable, hackneyed, borrowed tune, rather something that sounds original and strangely addicitve. The album finishes with Fin, something which will allow you drift off on a sea of guitars. Which is a good thing.
If you're looking for an example of what 90s indie is, this isn't too far away. A kind of 'grower', if ever there was a "three and a half star" album, this is it.