Gorgeous and brilliant, this encapsulates everything I love about them. Lots of territory covered here- 'A century of fakers' is lilting, melancholy, hypnotic, 'Le Pastie....' flat out ROCKS, and the little jam section over the main chord progression at the end fills my heart with joy. 'Beautiful' says it all and has clever lyrics, 'Put the book back on the shelf' with its instrumental break and delicate melody is a complex parting shot. Delightful melodies, smart lyrics, and each song trys out a variation on a theme. Its worth noting that B&S really are so much more than whimsical, twee, throwaway indie fare: Murdoch's lyrics are often tinged with spite, regret and genuine cynical wit, while his compositions are disarmingly intricate but so, so accessible. Plus they're from Glasgow!
If you want to start with an album, get 'If You're feeling Sinister', but the 3 summer EPs (this item, 'Dog on Wheels' and Lazy Line Painter Jane') really showcase everything this band can do, which is actually an awful lot,plus they do everything very WELL.