First and foremost the lyrics on this album blow. me. away. This album has it all -- rock, pop, soul a dash of international flavor -- all the influences mesh together brilliantly...and originally. I think the best compliment I can pay is there isn't a single track on this CD that I skip. There are not many CD's I can say that about... So I am no professional music reviewer by any stretch of the imagination (so be nice) but here are some random comments/thoughts on the tracks:
*Old Tyme Religion - Told from the perspective of a dead man in a lover's triangle. You have never heard anything quite like this, musically or lyrically. This song is the perfect opening track as you instantly know that you are experiencing something special and a blend of music genres like you have never heard before.
*99 Problems - Deliverance is no longer my frame of reference for banjos, so thanks for that, Hugo! Seriously - to start with a hip hop song and end with this...brilliant
*Bread and Butter - Okay, first came Barry White, then Enigma -- now Bread and Butter -- this song is sex, pure and simple (and so much better than Barry and Enigma!).
*Rock and Roll Delight - Definitely where the 'pop' comes out to play the most - a catchy diddy for sure...
*Hopelessly Stoned - "Like a bug on my window pane/Safe inside from the wind and rain/Try to fly, but it's all in vain/Just hopeless, hopelessly stoned." This song is all over the place, in a very very good way - definitely one of the best tracks on the album.
*Hurt Makes It Beautiful - A lot of truth to these lyrics.
*Born - Very very catchy. It will get stuck in your head.
*Mekong River Delta - This song surprised me by becoming my favorite track on the album...and I can't for the life of me explain why...
*Sweetest Cure - "I want you again, don't want to be your friend/ I wanna be adored, not a voyeur" -- I love that line!
*Different Lives -- It is hard to comment on a song that is clearly so personal. This song is at the same time tragic and absolutely beautiful.
*Just A Shred - Another catchy tune..you hear the international sounds in this one a lot
*Wake Alone - "If you only knew how much, I obsess over your touch/ I guess I'm old school in my ways" I'm not big on ballads. This is a modern ballad like nothing I have heard before. This song is another of the bigger achievements on this album in my opinion.
This album seamlessly crosses generational and genre barriers - with style. You will not regret this purchase!