Recorded in 2 weeks, this quick, rollicking followup to Murmur continued the jangly folk of that masterpiece, if not the otherworldy feel. Still a terrific album by any means, with Stipe's mubles as effective and evocative as ever. "Harborcoat" is a great kick-off to this record, with a terrific driving beat from Bill Berry, chiming guitars from Peter Buck, and beautiful harmonies from Mike Mills to complement Michael Stipe's warm, gorgeous lyrics. "7 Chinese Brothers" continues this mood, a slower, more meditative piece that includes beguiling lyrics and wonderful seasonal and water imagery. "So. Central Rain" is the timeless classic of this album, a sorrowful but intense tune on loss and forgiveness. "Pretty Persuasion" shows the band rocking harder than they have before, proving they know how to torture they instruments for the right sound when needed :) "Time after Time" is a nice longing tune, inviting and sad at once. Two somewhat lighthearted, quick rockers, "Second Guessing" and "Letter Never Sent" bridge the gap to "Camera," definitely one of their best. Stipe's lyrics about a lost friend are truly heart-wrenching and a glowing tribute. The atmospherics to the song are surprisingly intricate too, considering the budgets they were working on back then. "Don't Go Back to Rockville," is another solid masterpiece, a Mill's-penned tune with a great country feel and wistful lyrics. Rounding out the album and lending to its Old-West feel wonderfully is the tight scrappy rocker "Little America," with a very catchy breakdown by Stipe in the chorus. It's a very quick listen, but that's another benefit: You won't have to wait long to rip through it again. Stands wonderfully with Murmurs and their older classics Automatic for the People and New Adventures in Hi-Fi.