Now, I'm a BIG fan of Belle & Sebastian, and one thing I appreciate about them is their experimentation -- that is, the way they recombine their influences rather than simply wearing them on their sleeves. Unfortunately, this e.p. does the latter. The middle-track, an instrumental, and the best one on the e.p., is bookended by complete throw-away attempts at el records razzle-dazzle circa '86 & The Cyrcle (see "Red Rubber Ball") circa '66. "Judy Is a Dick Slap" (brilliant title), however, is worth it to me: an updated take on Felt's middle-era instrumentals played with a moog which they somehow make orchestral in the best, most expansive sense of the word. Belle & Sebastian are very unsteady, have yet to learn their limits, but still (on occassion) make my day.