...a typical incisive lyric from this most gifted of songwriters. If i was to quote any of the dozens of other brilliant songs Steve has released , too few people would know the words.
Anyway , i'm assuming anyone reading this , has at least some knowledge of his genius.
This is a beautiful album ,if you like the mans unique voice , well then you cannot go wrong here ,he is in fine form and with only acoustic instruments to accompany him ,the songs take on a new life.Not that the originals were not works of wonder , they were/are. Here, you simply get to enjoy them in a whole new way.
The acoustic playing by partner Nick Pynn is immaculate, but that's not to suggest it doesn't have heart,he has a style both ,serene and manic, as required.if this was an instrumental cd it would still would be worthy of purchase.
However it is'nt , and the unobtrusive instruments ,bring Steve's lyrics to ones attention as never before , and what a great lyricist he is ,it is sad in the extreme, tragic even, that so many people really only know 'Smile',and see Harley/Rebel as, '1 hit/song wonders'.
Hey,even if you are of this opinion ,buy this anyway, it contains a great version of that song, and once you hear the other masterpieces , you will be a fan forever.
P.S.- as far as i can tell, the more expensive STRIPPED TO THE BARE BONES cd,is exactly the same music,be warned.