This is, by far Belle and Sebastian's best work. All three songs are perfect examples of the band's varying sounds. The title track is a bouncy, retro sounding pop tune; Bacharach and the Beatles are definitely present here. "Take Your Carriage Clock..." has one of the most beautiful string arrangements I've ever heard, on a B+S record or otherwise. Stewart Murdoch's lyrics tell the tale of a man who can no longer stand his own mundane job and poor treatment. There is a great anger in his voice, but he pulls it all off in such a refined way, the listener hardly even notices it. The EP closes with "The Loneliness of A Middle Distance Runner", a more layed back track with a terrific chorus: "And no one cares, Oh you care I know, you care I forgot for a while". All in all, a wonderful collection, and a perfect introduction piece to one of the finest bands in indie rock.