it's interesting that you say that musically they're shit hot - yet, from both recordings you'd never know it. it's meat and potatoes and frankly amateurish, and it could literally be anyone on those recordings. there's no aspect of either song that's amazing or even "interesting" from what i can remember!?
i think a lot of people would have been happier with something that demonstrated how well squire, reni and mani play together but instead they were shoehorned into some boring generic landfill indie tunes that could get playlisted on radio x. a combination of crap songs, and dull production.