Imagine the scenario....David Gedge has children, they grow up, they form a band, but instead of rebelling against their fathers's music they embrace it and wrap it in walls of distortion and there you have it....Gold-Bears.
This is the closest i've ever heard anyone come to a sound/feeling similar to that of (early) The Wedding Present. For me this is great as i love The Wedding Present, especially circa George Best, and although this album isn't perfect by any means it's still a great reminder of how good C86/jangly guitar music can be.
The problem with the CD (albeit minor in the big scheme of things) is with the production/mix, as it has the treble at max and it's very "tinny" (a bit harsh at times for my ears, although i suppose fairly normal for the genre) and the vocals are sometimes too indistinct.
These flaws (although probably done on purpose) are easily ignored though when the band hit their stride and the guitars shimmer and distort and the wall of noise vibrates the speakers.
"Record Store", "All those years" and "Tally" are exceptionally good but most of the songs are above average, with "besides you" being almost a ballad and "xmas song" having some brass thrown into the maelstrom.
A more recent comparison would of course be The Pains of being Pure at Heart (another great band.)