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Forbert works best in folk rock arrangements which sketch out the harmonies and rhythms with a minimalism which matches his wispy voice. E Street Band alumnus Garry Tallent--who also produced Forbert's second-best album, 1988's "Streets of This Town"--gives the singer just the lean support he needs. But mostly the album works because it harvests Forbert's best-ever crop of songs: the ironic reflections of a retired railroad worker, "It Sure Was Better Back Then"; a hooky shuffle about relighting an old flame, "Lay Down Your Weary Tune Again"; and the Gothic imagery of the apology ballad, "Oh, To Be Back with You." --Geoffrey Himes
The lyrics are sharp and the music is fine.
With each song, the listener is drawn closer to the story teller. "Oh, To Be Back With You" is as touching a ballad as you will ever hear.
I wish that I could better articulate why this album is so affirming, and why it makes me feel good every time I hear it.
As close to a perfect album as I can think of - well-written songs with a humble, down-to-earth recording make this a classic. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by A. Boyd
I am a fussy listener. I like authentic sounds, not too raucus. Not much pleases me for long. But this record does. I own it on an old tape and went to Amazon to buy it on disc. Read morePublished on September 27, 2009 by Mark Town
'Mission of the Crossroad Palms' is another terrific contribution from one of Americas most under appreciated talents.
Love his style, his lyrics, his humor, his heart.
Steve Forbert, always an estimable talent, is fully realized on this disc. I've always loved his view on life, and each album was peppered with little gems, thoughtful tales and... Read morePublished on February 16, 2007 by Pizza Quixote
I have few albums of Steve Forbert but to surpass this one I think is very hard.It's good from the first song to the last one and every time I listen to it my spine shivered. Read morePublished on April 24, 2006 by Paolo Marchesini