Like a good book or film an album requires a beginning which immediately requires attention , interest and the wonder about what's next. This album certainly meets that criteria , with the raunchy , gritty , country rock" New Train " as a gripping opener , and from that first track to the last every one is a winner.
I only recently came across John Prine when he guested on " Crown Of Jewels " and performed a most enjoyable rendition of " City Of New Orleans " with Randy Scruggs ; this was certainly a factor in my buying " Lost Dogs "
There must , I would think , be something for everyone in this selection ; ballads like " Lake Marie " and " Humidity Built The Snowman " are superbly performed and like the entire album the musical arrangements are top drawer .
Humour is much in evidence throughout , although it must be noted that it moves between surreal and weird at times ; no complaints from me as it is invariably thought provoking , clever , and sometimes both ,like "Same Thing Happened To Me " or " He Forgot That It Was Sunday ".
My favourite track , by a whisker from those noted , is "Day Is Done " clever lyrics , haunting vocals and a simple yet effective musical accompaniment , my highlight in a very satisfying and enjoyable musical experience . Try John Prine , I'm sure like me you will not be disappointed .