If lyrics in music are important to you, welcome to heaven. David Berman is one of the greatest lyricists alive today.
Ideally, you want this record and 'Natural Bridge'. There are songwriters with bigger reputations, but in terms of American music, I haven't heard anything this unpretentious or real out of America since the early days of Bob Dylan.
Musically the record is enaging and interesting aside from the country pastiche of 'Honk If You're Lonely Tonight' (Personal taste may differ)
It doesn't matter if guitar based Americana isn't usually your thing, the quality of the songs will sweep away your reservations. If you've never heard this and you're a music lover then it needs to be added to your collection.