After the slick and over-produced "Long Player Late Bloomer", I was hoping Ron would not make good on his promise to quit making music if LPLB didn't sell truckloads. I don't know if it did or not.. I know he got on the radio with it, but didn't quite make it to sitting on the couch next to Oprah. It had some good songs on it, but ruined from the production.
I've always felt Ron's music was too good to be wasted on the disposable Top 40 market - it was quite odd to see him on late-night talk-shows surrounded by a super hip party-crowd. I hope he got some new fans, but based on one negative and uneducated review here, it looks like they can't appreciate what really makes him good, as they only accept him working with Bob Rock from now on (Noooooooooooo!)
Anyways, I heard Ron do these new tunes in an acoustic radio session earlier this year and I wasn't that impressed with them. I've waited half the year to finally listen to this album and I'm quite glad I didn't wait for the year to be over to do so.
Perhaps he was having an off-day on the session I heard, but here the same songs are quite lovely and charming in his own unique style - tasteful production (more noticeable Beatle production touches this time around too) with nice strings and brass on some cuts - not crazy about some songs like "Snake Road" or "Me Myself and Wine" (which makes me roll my eyes a bit), but they don't take away from the overall strong material and performance on this disc.