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  • Summary: Jason Falkner produced the latest album for the Texas-based artist.
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  1. Things bog down a bit toward the end with the droning “Tomorrow Never Knows” homage of “Lost In My Infinite Memory” and the plodding title track, but the album still is a quick, concise listen, and may actually serve--after nearly 30 years--as this American original’s most accessible yet.
  2. It's the extraordinary wealth of hooks that leave a lasting impression here: Is and Always Was is hugely fun and endlessly listenable.
  3. Is And Always Was is an energetic, accessible album, and while Johnston’s shaky, sluggishly lisped vocals haven’t changed, he uses them confidently.
  4. Revered outsider artist makes move on the mainstream.
  5. Given that it's reassuring that he is writing and recording solo material again, it's disappointing that his fully finished renderings don't hold the same fascination as the sketches.
  6. Johnston's first album in six years, Is and Always Was, is uniformaly listenable. [Holiday 2009, p.78]
  7. Personally, I wouldn’t be that interested in going back to Is And Always Was (what’s in a title?) again. For devout followers, not new converts.

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