At first blush, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull is a step back up. The first three songs ("Glitters Like Gold," "Come On, Be a No-One," and "Jaded Youth") are right there with any album. At that point, I really thought I was getting the next Sugar - Copper Blue -- yes, it's that good.
The rest of the album, unfortunately, is more cutting-room floor material. The dropoff is staggering -- it's like a replacement band stepped in and did the rest of the album. I turned the volume up at one point to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I was not.
In short: one of the best 3 song EPs you will ever hear. A rough 14-track album that just never, ever, ever seems to end.
CD Placement Rating: I think it has to be Sell-Back Pile 1. After those first three songs, that seems pretty much impossible, but it is what it is.
Merch Rating: I'll have to downgrade their next album to "wait and see reviews first." I will not being going to a show either.