I like this album a lot. It opens with Polaroids, a song that I memorized within the first week of buying the CD, I'd listened to it that many times. Most of the other songs are great, but some struck me much harder than others. Tenderness On The Block is catchy with wonderful support from The Subdudes. Climb On is upbeat without falling into the category of kitch-pop thanks to some thoughful lyrics. Kill The Messenger is musically beautiful and lyrically intriguing (I'm still trying to figure out what it's about, and that's not a bad thing). Overall, this is a beautiful collection of songs wrapped with Shawns remarkable delivery.
The drawbacks: Sorry, I just can't get into Set The Prairie On Fire. The words are fine, but the tune just doesn't take me anywhere. I Don't Know Why is a good song, but it really is total schmaltz. Then there is the production. The collection was released in 1992, so I have the feeling that the thought was to hitch it on to the country bandwagon that was rolling along at the time. Though I wouldn't classify it as a country CD, there are definite elements. That's not all bad, but at times it doesn't quite work and it detracts from the mood set by the lyrics.
That said, I highly recommend this CD. It's a beautiful folk-pop collection, something to listen to again and again.