This album doesn't knock me out like his major label debut (Presents Author Unknown), but it is a solid effort in the vein of the follow-up Can You Still Feel. You'll hear echoes of Kinks, Beatles, McCartney, the softer side of XTC, and other greats of melodic pop. Jason has absorbed a great many influences, and he whips them all together into rich musical stew. When you hear his composing skill on display in these new tunes, it really does break your heart that Jason can't get the budget and promotion he deserves. Actually, Jason seems to do pretty well producing his own stuff, but in sheer audio quality terms, it is not the best.
McCartney is a good reference point. This album is better than anything McCartney has put out in years. Chaos and Creation was a good album, and Jason was one of the studio musicians working with McCartney on it. But Jason's album has more energy and authenticity in my book.
If you've heard Falkner's work before, you know what to expect. No surprises here, good or bad. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I cannot understand why in a world of "American Idols" Jason Falkner can't be taken more seriously. His work is just as radio-friendly, he's as good a performer, and it has much more depth than the singers being churned out of the "Idol factory." Just another example of perversity in the music biz, I guess.