I've been sharing my life with this album for about thirty years and stillfind it surprising. Apart from the two well known tracks ('American Pie' -which is atypical of Mcleans work ((but still absolutely superb in itsalbum entirety)) and 'Vincent' - which is beautiful and haunting andcompletely unforgetable), this album is very well balanced and endlesslylistenable.
There is no over the top production or post-production; itis pure country/folk all the way. 'Empty Chairs' is a compellinglythoughtful view on loss; 'Everybody loves me' is so tongue in cheek it'salmost comedy; 'Winterwood' is a love song of warming proportions;'Crossroads' simply addresses what most of us have felt at one or moretimes in our lives, wih or without a partner.
'The Grave' is aparticularly poignant song relating, I would guess, to Vietnam, althoughit could be any one of our madnesses.
All the tracks on this album are well written and delivered and actuallyprove that sometimes less is more.
To all of you who discovered'American Pie' by Madonna, my commiserations - now go and get the albumand start to understand.