When this was re-released a few years ago I took it up to the counter in my local independent record shop (Select-a-disc - visit it if you're in Nottingham) and they almost talked me out of buying this saying it's not what you'd expect from YLT compared to their later stuff.
They were right, and I didn't really get it to start with. It had none of their now trademark noisy, feedbacking guitars or any of the beautiful coloured pop...
Upon re-visiting the album after speaking with a couple of Americans we'd bumped into on a train whilst touring Italy, who happened also to love YLT I decided to give it another go.
And yes, it is brilliant, the other reviewer does sum up the style nicely, there is definitely a folky, Lou Reed, 60s sound to it. Songs are mainly acoustic, but with some excellent lead electric guitar over it.
I love, Can't Forget the Time, 60s pop genius, Yellow Sarong is just one of the coolest little one and a half minutes ever too. Its also nice to hear acoustic versions of YLT tunes amongst the covers. Barnaby Hardly Working is probably as great in its acoustic setting as it is in its full on electric noisy assault.
I'd definitely recommend this to see another side of Yo La Tengo, being able to play another style so perfectly just highlights what a great band they are.