Phew...an album by an old favourite that hasn't left me feeling what the hell has happened to some of the truly great established bands, one or two have made reference to this being the best since "August and ..."...I agree, completely agree, the most noticeable and distinctive element being Adams words and his voice, they are back and oh how sublimely.
Let's face it these guys are now well and truly middle aged, it is after all 21 years since "August...." blew us away, and it is therefore inevitable the album is littered with songs that reflect back on the way life has shaped the way they are today, Duritz makes it all so clear when he sings "The best part of a bad day is knowing it's OK", welcome to getting older Adam, and the whole album is strewn with gorgeous one liners that make you smile as the album plays along, bye bye writers block.
Musically the album makes me think of "The Big Pink", in some ways even more than earlier Crows albums, lots of piano, wonderful guitar textures, moments of rocking out, the music weaving along as Adam tells his stories, it feels like virtually the whole of the states gets a mention at some point or another, the journey being the essence lyrically, both physically and emotionally, even Leicester Square gets a mention.
I will be honest, with all these live albums and the covers album , I thought they had reached their sell by date, oops, wrong call.
Minor criticism, the production, its a bit flat, bit squashed, if a vinyl version is available(?) I shall buy it, this is great music, it deserves to be heard in as good a format as possible.