At first hearing, St-Thomas sounds like he is trying too hard to be another clone of Neil Young. But after a view listening sessions, you will learn to appreciate his own personality. It is the kind of record that makes you listen to it, no matter what conditions you are in. The lyrics are very simple, sometimes absurd, sometimes very recognisable, but always with a wink and a grin. Although the mood on the album is somewhat dark, St-Thomas and his own 49ers make you want to join their band and have a beer with them.
This 2001 release from St Thomas (aka Thomas Hansen) is probably the finest of his half a dozen releases before his tragic death at the age of 31 in 2007. Norwegian singer song-writer with distinct alt-country overtones and comparisons with Bonnie Prince Billy, Neil Young and Elliot Smith. Strangers out of Blue is a stand out song of loneliness but the whole cd gels with 12 heart rending songs. Highly recommended.