do it yourself gets trashed, but in terms of britpop albums and specifically 1997, it holds its own. great guitar work aside, there are some really nice vocal melodies on there. people attack some of the lyrics - but that wasn't squire dropping his standards, it was just indie music press/fans not getting or accepting jovial lyrics. some of them are hilarious and they were meant to be. at least some thought went into them, unlike a lot of ian's sky/high type lyrics.
their first drummer was really sloppy live (watch love is the law on tfi - he can't stay in time at all), and then they toured with some session players which was a bit weird. but if they'd finished a second album, which would have had a bit more scope than the debut (the bootleg doesn't have a couple of the better songs, and does feature things that would have been bsides), they may have been looked back at a bit more fondly and helme may have actually been able to launch a solo career. but instead he played up because he wanted more than a couple of tracks on the album and threw it all away.