Their second album, Collider, was made of denser material and took on water quickly. Perhaps wisely, Fur Patrol have returned to taking the corners at a more sensible speed for their third, Local Kid, delivering an album with much more in common with Pet.
Local Kid is a meditative work from the now trio (guitarist Steve Wells left in 2004) and has some of the same melodic touches as Pet.
Its starts with the boisterous Great Leap Forward and the sparked-up pop of Hidden Agenda, but very quickly frontwoman Julia Deans settles into a much lower and slower groove with the gorgeous Silences and Distances, Like It Is and Long Forlorn - the sort of names that immediately suggest they're not going to be stomp-it-out rockers.
Deans' voice is a versatile tool, and as much as she can get it to soar, she's also able to add real intimacy on the gentler numbers - and that's the most salient feature of Local Kid.
Even tracks like Debt, not necessarily an ode to the discomfort of owing money, with its chiming guitars, is still soft in the middle thanks to the emotional lilt to Dean's delivery.
Local Kid is a sombre album, missing some of the spark of Pet but more engaging than Collider with its very personal approach and shuffling pace. This is without question an excellent late-night album.