First of all let me get this straight, I really love this album.
When The Ruminant Band appeared late last year to good, but not outstanding reviews, it was a real shame. The Fruit Bats are not a well known band, they needed the exposure. Or maybe they didn't.
This is a great little album, full of gorgeous tunes and guitar playing. It has nice, relaxed vibe but seems happy with its place on the fringes of the scene. I would highly recommend giving this an advanced listen through the samples available or on Youtube...if you like this sort of thing, you will really like it. If you don't, you quite possibly won't, you might find it a bit twee.
Personally I think it is a really solid piece of work, the sort of album I want to listen to when I wake up in the morning, the sort of things I hum to myself when I am in a good mood, the sort of thing that reminds me how good good music can be. But that might just be me.
The Ruminant Band deserves a cult status amongst a devoted following - you could be part of that. In a few years time, when people are rediscovering it you will be able to say 'Well, I always though it was good.' The Fruit Bats might prefer it that way.