Torn between Jason Loewenstein's noisenik tendencies and Lou Barlow's pop instincts, Sebadoh's albums didn't always hang together coherently. But on 'Bakesale' they perfected a happy medium of crunching guitars and irresistible pop hooks.
It's really an album of love songs - and WHAT love songs! Barlow really has a flair for a well-turned line, and his plaintive, yearning voice gives these songs extra bite and poignancy. The production is resolutely lo-fi but this serves to enhance the feeling of immediacy and spontaneity.
Two songs stand out for me: 'Rebound', which is two minutes of brilliant punk pop, and the album's closing track 'Together Or Alone', a tender, resigned lament.
As an example of American lo-fi indie music of the mid 1990s, it really doesn't come any better than this.