Prince Edward Island are a band named after either a province of Canada or a sub-Antarctic island in the Indian Ocean. I Googled that and it surprised me, because this band are Scottisher than Simon Neil's chest hair. The misery-laden lives and relationships that inspire them bring to mind Frankie Boyle council estate jokes, and where a more mainstream band such as Franz Ferdinand choose to play down their accents on record, Prince Edward Island play them up. Their influences are undeniably Scottish, with hints of Idlewild and Arab Strap, and they share the inherent understanding of melody that seems prevalent in Scots' music.

This Day is a Good Enough Day starts with a softly sung a cappella verse, intoning the words, "We fuck then we fight, then we kiss then we fight, then we fight then we fight." Just as soon as strings have joined, the song ends. It's a concise beginning to an album which, like a well-written essay, expands on the point made in that introduction: whoever it is they're writing about, they fuck, kiss and fight, the latter most more than the two former. Occasionally, digressions occur - besides the sex and arguing, they drink a lot and go to a city - but mostly, the tatters of an onward-struggling relationship are what's up for discussion.

'You Look Like I Need a Drink' is a good archetypal track if you want to sample Prince Edward Island: it consists of 5 great minutes of self-examination and frustration, sung over a varied texture of instruments. Strings add depth and melody, but the traditional rock band line-up is perfectly balanced in the mix against the more unusual instrumental choices. Other songs don't get this balance quite so spot on, but overall, 'You Look Like I Need a Drink' typifies them: it's thoughtful indie rock, coloured by the drab, rainy world in which it was conceived, but nevertheless under-lyingly tender. (This tenderness is developed further in almost twee 'Take Your Breath Away' and more characteristic 'I'm A Pig and You're a Cow'.)

In many ways, this album is for the more mature listener, but not for a moment does it let itself get too serious or heavy, despite the sombre lyrical themes of existential frustration and relationship turmoil. Prince Edward Island choose humour over pretension every time; even the song titles are witty, and 'Sex in the Morning (I'm Coughing, You're Yawning)' boasts an amusingly dead-pan video in which the vocal lines are sung by the wrong band members.

Moving on, unfortunately, as reviews do, to the negatives, there's something listless about Today Is a Good Enough Day. The vocals play a part; there are moments, such as the end of 'Let's Stay in and Go to Town', where the sardonic emotionlessness of the singing just doesn't do the music justice. However, it's the lyrics which underline the greyness of the album - they have all the bounce and fun of Morrissey's mental history record. The prevailing mood is crude misery, no matter what flourishes the drummer adds, or pretty melodies the strings play.

Today Is a Good Enough Day has its place in a life, its place in consoling the down-at-heart, perhaps those anticipating being dumped; whether it would be good at other times, I wouldn’t like to bet. Musically, the album is staunch but not innovative, though well-produced and constructed. Lyrically, the album is charming and tender (as well as Fairytale-of-New-York bitter) and yet it feels completely grounded, based in gut-wrenching honesty that transcends Alex Turner's self-aware glibness. All in all, Prince Edward Island's new release is a well-built window onto a lucid yet ordinary world, and that's no bad thing; after all, there is a certain schadenfreude in listening into any self-dissecting indie. Prince Edward Island are worth at least an hour of your time, but they probably won’t change your life.