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  • Summary: The X frontman's fifth solo disc features guests Neko Case, Grant-Lee Phillips, Dave Alvin and Kristin Hersh.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 80
    Gorgeously sweaty in its simplicity. [May 2005, p.103]
  2. Sure to please longtime fans of his plaintive, weathered tenor and gift for melody. [Apr/May 2005, p.136]
  3. Throughout, Doe strikes just the right balance. He's confident but not arrogant; laid back, yet full of vitality.
  4. Doe's vocals have always been the perfect compliment to female harmonies, and for that reason, the tracks featuring female guests prove to be the record's most memorable.
  5. The songs are short and demo-quality, and though Doe still can't resist the rote roots-rock classicism that used to be beyond his means, the slapped-around sound of songs like "Heartless" and "Ready" should thrill longtime fans.
  6. The lack of firepower and precision means that it will always pale in comparison to those records that (almost) made X famous. [#9]
  7. Will make you thankful your stereo has an easily accessible off button. [May 2005, p.136]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. CherylO
    May 3, 2005
    It is my humble opinion that this is John Doe's best solo work to date, the CD has been in heavy rotation in my stereo since its purchase.
  2. MarioDoe
    May 3, 2005
    Alternative Press reviewer needs to get a "Musical Taste Transplant" John Doe Rules and this is another example.
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 21, 2005
    Excellent album - highly recommend this collaborative effort
  4. KristiH
    Jul 5, 2005
    Doe shows once again that he is one of our most talented singer/songwriters with this album; it grows on you more with each listening.
  5. Gummo
    May 26, 2005
    This disc is nothing short of brilliant. Among the best CDs I've heard in the past couple of years.
  6. MitchN
    Jan 16, 2007
    This album is brilliant, particularly "Twin Brother" and "Worried Brow". I am amazed the comprehensive score is not higher. This rivals the best of his work with X and is one of the most satisfying releases of the last 5 years. Expand