Farewell To Paradise, released in 1973, was the work of a rapidly maturing Emitt Rhodes that reflected his growing frustration with the dealings of his record company and critics who would dismiss him as simply a Beatles copyist. Fans of his self-titled album, full of Beatlesque melodies and harmonies, will find this album to be quite a departure from his earlier (solo and Merry-Go-Round) works. Some reviewers have referred to this album as being weak for that reason. On the other hand, I take the unpopular view that FTP was his best. Yes, the Beatlesque harmonies and melodies have, for the most part, disappeared here. Emitt experimented with different musical textures and darker lyrical themes, and his vocals are soulful and warmer than ever. Many of the tracks are R&B and jazz influenced. Stronger tracks here include the rocker "Warm Self Sacrifice" the introspective "Blue Horizon" and the title track, with lyrics reflecting the artist's turmoil over his recording career at the time. And "Only Lovers Decide" is probably the most beautiful song he ever recorded. As with previous albums, this one was recorded at home, with Emitt writing, arranging, playing all the instruments and doing all the vocals. A superior album from an extremely underrated artist.