It’s nice to see he’s getting away from the genre hopping of his last couple of releases and getting back to what made us love him in the first place: lush, orchestral pop music with clever but endearing lyrics. 2004’s Two Way Monologue is still his best effort, but this new album sounds better than anything since.
No, it’s not the Buffalo Springfield outtake, although I can totally hear Jay Farrar singing that. Did Uncle Tupelo used to cover that? This one is an original that sounds like it would’ve fit nicely on 2007’s underappreciated The Search. It features tremelo guitars and swinging drums, and actually sounds kinda fun. And check out that smiley promo picture: could Son Volt have become…happy? (Probably not.)