This nostalgic feel of the album has an engaging sense of charm to it, no matter how the music is presented to us, be it in the soothing mellowness of The Say I Love You or the immediatley following speedier but similarly gentle On My Own. Actually, "mellow" is probably the best description for this album, though Hope Me Home and World Goes By will display the occasional grungey riff, though they are often overshadowed by strings and calming gentle basslines. However, it is this mellowness that comes out on top on this album, with Are You OK? having the kind of vocal harmonies reminiscent of R.E.M. the true godfathers of this type of style.
So overall, though the differences between The Birthday Suit and Idlewild are subtle at best, Jones and crew have created a very strong collection of indie rock songs that carry a sense of class beauty and celebration. The Birthday Suit have created an album which shows all that was great about Britpop in the 90's. I guess.