""Grapefruit moon, one star shining"- After hours debut. Before "the voice" kicked in. A little Folky, a little Jazzy. Sound of getting your feet wet in a river that runs to God knows where. Martha will get ya everytime & Grapefruit Moon will charm the lemurs out of the trees. Any way you cut it, it still drives like that ol' 55. 4 STARS."
""Colder than a well digger's... "- Start of the Jazzy Bohemian persona. Sound of moving to the Big City, being buzzed in the crosswalk wondering what dive to hit next. Diamonds On My Windshield, San Diego Seranade, but maybe 1 shot shy of essential. 4 STARS."
""I'm so horny the crack of dawn better watch out"- His "live comedy" album. Sadly a bit contrived, almost a parody of himself. Alot of fans love it, I don't. A few too many corny jokes. The sound of management pinning an artist's arm behind his back. 2 STARS."
""Take a rusty nail & scratch your initials on my arm"- Almost as good as Change. Nostalgic, cinematic. Tinsle town noir. Kentucky Ave, X-Mas Card & Somewhere. Gorgeous title track. Classy & dramatic. 4.5 STARS."
""I gave you Boardwalk & all of my hotels"- Crystal Gayle & Tom Waits. Who would've thought. Torch songs & haunting ballads like Broken Bicycles. A piano bar martini in a high class joint. Better than the flick. 4 STARS."
""But you're innocent when you dream"-Call it a trilogy. Just when you thought it couldn't get any darker, it starts to rain. The Iceman Cometh meets Horatio Alger. Road movie for the damnned. 5 AGAIN."
""Always some killing ya gotta do around the farm"- After a 4 year silence another dramatic change. Did all the percussion himself & called it "bone music". Dark, atmospheric dirges & cutting ballads like Who Are You. Yup, another 5 STARS."
""Should I shave or end it all"- Mad, carny jazz soundtrack to the Jarmusch film. Like a mostly instrumental version of Bone Machine with horns. Maybe not essential but great for freaking out the trick-n-treaters 3 STARS."
""Why wasn't God watching"-All I can say is hold on. After a 7 year sabattical he coughs up another classic. Come on up to the house for some Filipino box spring hog. Barn Burners, Dirges & sepia toned ballads. 5 STARS."
""And my favorite color is red"- Alice's drunken pissed off Siamese Twin. Skeletal pirate rage + moon & whiskey ballads like "Coney Island Baby". One more for Wilson, based on the play Woyzek. 4 STARS."
"The Circus comes to town. If ya never got to see him live, this is as close as you're gonna get. And maybe a couple of surprises snuck in while you weren't looking. Not essential but certainly not for the birds. 4 stars."
"7 years...Right on schedule. Kicks off lost on the road & winds up ringing in the New Year after all hell breaks loose. For every back nod in the rear-view mirror, hits the gas on uncharted territory. Yup, 5 stars."