I considered "Thirteen Cities" to be Richmond Fontaine's masterpiece and thought they'd never be able to better it. On the first couple of hearings of "We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River", I felt I'd been right. But it's the ultimate "grower" and now it's my favourite record of 2009. The songs are less heartbreaking than some of Willy Vlautin's canon, and the band has dared to make concessions to commercialism. But who could deny their right to do that, especially as there is absolutely no loss of integrity and the critical reaction has been so positive? The single, "You Can Move Back Here" is a glittering gem, up there with the best jangly REM tracks. Lyrical food for thought is everywhere, with The Boyfriends seemly packing an entire Vlautin novel into three minutes and twenty-eight seconds. The most moving song for me is "Watch Out", even though it only contains nine words and a whispered chorus of just two words. This album may just be Richmond Fontaine's breakthrough, and then justice will finally have been done.