it was a wise move for john mccauley and company to shut down deervana, deer tick's short-lived but much beloved nirvana homage act, before it overwhelmed their 'real' band. especially since 'something to brag about,' 'let's all go to the bar,' and anthemic, calling-card opener 'the bump' ("we're full-grown men! / but we act like kids!"), all raucous standouts from their revelatory fourth album, are actually the best replacements songs in 25 years. there's a lot more westerberg than cobain - in mccauley's ragged - voice and loose-limbed commitment to boozy - arrested development. more clear-headed moments like 'make believe' and 'electric' provide relief, in both senses of the term.