Waiting in Vain (2008, Rykodisc) James Jackson Toth's first studio album. ***
As with so many other albums, it would have been so much better had some of the excess been cut off. It starts off wonderfully, with the easy-listening of "Nothing Hides" and "Doreen," moving straight into the album's pinnacle, the slow and comforting "Look in on Me." Surely the accents he adds occassionally are unwarranted, but Toth's wide array of veritable influences (Mick Jagger, what?!) are interesting to listen to. But the sheer length of the album mixed with some lazy production pull Waiting in Vain down from the heighth it should have achieved.