I listen to this more than I listen to Live Through This nowadays... crazy, I used to hate the sleek production on this album. But I realized this has her greatest lyrical content in my opinion (Malibu, Dying, Northern Star, Boys on the Radio). I love this album.
The sound might be closer to power pop, but there's still a lot of the same grungy sort of emotion on this album, even if not as much as on LTT. I mean, the song "Celebrity Skin" sounds pop-ish and maybe even happy - but if you actually listen to the lyrics, it's really dark.