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  • Summary: The first album of new studio material in nine years for the singer-songwriter was produced by Richard McLaurin.
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  1. Johnston's best songs remind us that every mirror, like every voice, is always in danger of cracking. But that doesn't take anything away from the beauty of our illusions.
  2. Your gratitude for his economical writing may overcome your wonderment over why something so modest took so long.
  3. Uncut
    Rain is a fetching guitar-pop wonder, a melodic feastm blending vintage Marshall Crenshaw-like hooks with elegant, acoustic scenes-in-miniature. [Mar 2010, p.89]
  4. Rain on the City lacks the consistency of Johnston's masterpiece, "Can You Fly," or its follow-up, "This Perfect World," but unlike the albums that followed, this collection is a beautiful example of Johnston playing to his strengths and reminding us why he's one of the best and most singular American songwriters at work today.
  5. Johnston delivers another album of nuanced and evocative tunes laced with vivid imagery and emotional depth.
  6. Under The Radar
    Here's a welcome return, as the underrated singer/songwriter went eight years between releases of original material. That's far too long for someone of Johnston's skill, but Rain On The City nearly makes up for the gap. [Holiday 2009, p.83]
  7. There’s nothing really wrong with a single one of them. The problem is that fans of Johnston’s music have been here before.

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  1. BrianG.
    Jan 25, 2010
    Very solid, enjoyable listen.
  2. BrentG.
    Jan 18, 2010
    Freedy is back, sounding very much like Freedy. And we've missed ya.
  3. RickV.
    Jan 18, 2010
    I've missed Freedy's songs during the long hiatus between this CD and 2001's "Right Between the Promises." Anyone who thought I've missed Freedy's songs during the long hiatus between this CD and 2001's "Right Between the Promises." Anyone who thought the delay might mean a shift in style will be disappointed, but they shouldn't be. This one has some tunes that will grab you right away, but most of them need a little time to work their magic. In this respect, the CD is not unlike 1999's "Blue Days Black Nights." Johnston remains a first-rate songwriter and this CD is fine testimony to his enduring strengths. Let's hope the next one comes out in six months. Expand