Probably the greatest songwriter of the last 20 years
Josh L. Patrick-Riley | Seattle, WA USA | 12/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Probably his greatest album, the songwriting here is fantastic. For guitar: listen to "Angeles" for guitar picking on par with Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"; "Cupid's Trick" for distorted rocking; "Rose Parade" and "Alameda" for melodic guitar lines; and "Between the Bars" for bare bones simplicity. Harmonies here are on par with The Beatles, and there is a sense of intimacy as if the songs are sung for you alone. The lyrics are aching, bleak sometimes, yet drive past the pain at points like with the optimism of "Say Yes".
If you like harmonies this is a must own. If you like simple arrangements, this is a must own. If you like honest emotions and great lyrics, you need to get this album. Other than "Cupid's Trick" every song sounds very similar; but in those similar songs are a range of emotions, all completely real. That's why this a classic, because all the songs are fantastic and you could listen to them all day long. If you haven't heard the album before, you should right away."