I read a series of absolutely glowing reviews for this album, and, so consistent were they in their praise of Mr. Swift, I decided I'd scoop up a copy. I'm very glad I did, because it's an early contender for album of the year. Mr. Swift is clearly influenced by Randy Newman, which is about as far from a bad thing as you can get in music. The songs are singable, the words are clever ("I played your heart, but I broke two strings"), and the music is expertly crafted. I look forward to his albums in the future.