Spelled in Bones digs further into Johnson's fondness for '70s songsmiths and production. Gone are Mouthfuls producer Brian Deck's glassy casements and miles of space, replaced here by a sound more rooted and wood-grained.
If you're willing to forgive a little lack of innovation and the subtle feeling that Spelled In Bones might be a little more mellow than it ought to be, there's one hell of a nice listen in this record.
With [Johnson's] infectious melodies set to some seriously nonsensical lyrics, you'll wonder if there's a deeper point you're missing while your toes involuntarily groove in your shoes. [29 Jul 2005, p.68]