The Vulgar Boatmen: You And Your Sister (1989)
Their debut is a great place to start, really entrancing from start to finish. Nothing here to wake the neighbors, or even to get you up on your feet -- the Boatmen were more about quiet grooves than big hooks and sweeping choruses -- but if you dug the quieter side of R.E.M. and the Connells and Love Tractor and Winter Hours and just wanted to keep the vibe going, you're gonna be pretty happy with this.
Opener "Mary Jane" sets the pace, maybe a little more upbeat than the rest, but simple and repetitive (in a good way), an understated hook that sticks with you. It's followed by the title track (not a cover of the song by Big Star's Chris Bell, BTW), a gorgeous, rootsy ballad that presaged a lot of the Americana bands to follow (most notably the Jayhawks, probably the closest comparison to the Boatmen sound). Other highlights include the longer "Drive Somewhere," kind of a reprise of "Mary Jane" but with more breathing room; the peppy "Change The World All Around" (another Jayhawks-like groove); and the insistent and infetious "Fallen Down," which has some great harmonies in the chorus But frankly, it's not so much an album of stand-out singles-ready tunes as it is a really nice, mellow vibe as a singular piece.
Here's a live take on "Drive Somewhere":