The problem: Loose Fur never really gains its own voice. The album is more a patchwork than its own flowing whole, a cut-and-paste affair that, at any given time, might call for a classic Tweedy riff or a brisk O'Rourke acoustic strum or a YHF-style outro that spirals into a chaos of torrential guitars and quickening tribal rhythms. There are, however, a handful of moments where the trio does begin to chance on something their own, showing promise for the future. Album closer "Chinese Apple" is one of those bright spots; Tweedy's low groan lightens a bit as the song builds around some gorgeous organic acoustic strums, with a "Radio Cure"-esque thump propelling it toward a gorgeous rapid-fire middle section. Another flash of promise: "You Were Wrong," a passive-aggressive shrug-off anthem injected with bitter regret and dirty bass, the album's shortest song at three-and-a-half minutes. The rest is up in the air--"Elegant Transaction" and the last minutes of "So Long" sound like standard O'Rourke, and "Laminated Cat" is a certified Wilco castoff (demoed for YHF as "Not for the Season"). Regardless, it's hard to label Loose Fur's first collection of songs as inessential when they're so damn good.