Died Pretty: Free Dirt (1986)
"Blue Sky Day" has the melodic jangle we'd expect from the college radio bands of the era, a catchy, cathartic anthem; "Through Another Day" is similarly infectious, kinda indie-rock Dylan; "Laughing Boy" is a rousing rocker; "Next to Nothing" is a sprawling epic that starts off as a country ballad before blasting off into a Velvet Underground freak-out. The CD also tacks on the single "Stoneage Cinderella," a bit more poppy but still with plenty of murk.
I probably have a slight preference for the follow-up, 1988's Lost, which cleaned up some of the edges and added a few more hooks, but that one doesn't stream; still, definitely check it out if you can track it down.
Here's "Stoneage Cinderella":...and an audio rip of "Laughing Boy":Here's a live "Blue Sky Day" from a reunion tour: