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If Michael Penn sometimes can't seem to decide which of his musical talents (singer-songwriter, musician-arranger, perspective-minded producer) to focus on, it's a dilemma that's produced a compelling slice-of-résumé here. And though his pop sensibility is sometimes reminiscent of Matthew Sweet and other history-conscious peers, there's a reserve to Penn's productions that subtly underscores lyrics as sharp of tongue as they are of eye. Typically bleak, if playfully so ("I got loaded in a hearse when all I needed was a nurse," he observes on "Lucky One"), the singer can't help but lay the truth on you even while he's busy concocting just the right musical cocktail to help wash it down. This is Penn's sometimes bleak world-view, be it personal or objective, set to dry productions that can still somehow recall Spector one instant, mournful Delta blues the next, crucially without being slave to either. Cheer up, Penn seems to be advising here, the news may be bad, but the music doesn't have to be. -Jerry McCulley
I bought this album in 2000 or 2001 and liked it quite a bit. Then after a few years I misplaced it and never could find it again. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Dave Edmiston
Not every album is a masterpiece.
not every listener must agree with me.
Sometimes the urge of publishing is much stronger than the songs.
A big fan of his first album, I was a little disappointed with his next two releases. Yes, they had a handful of awesome songs but I found them really incosistent. Read morePublished on June 8, 2008 by MAD
While the influence of Michael Penn's many side projects make themselves heard on this effort, the musical evolution was laid out in the road map of Resigned, not to mention... Read morePublished on January 20, 2006 by tick tock
Where's the hooks?
Michael Penn is a gifted songwriter/musician and this album is the low point of his career.
It has an VH1 mediocrity to it. Read more
This is Michael Penn's best recording to date. His literacy and pop sensibility is one of the best today. No comparisons, he is himself. Read morePublished on August 29, 2002 by thisisgibbie
Michael Penn's 4th album, "MP4: Days...," is absolutely amazing. Although not as amazing as the fact that not many people are aware of Michael Penn's musical prowess (or... Read morePublished on March 23, 2002 by E. Rehrig
Penn retreads some of his lesser work on _March_ on MP4, and it just doesn't work. "Whole Truth" and "Don't Let Me Go" are beautiful, but "Perfect... Read morePublished on January 13, 2002 by rone
There are a different types of good CDs. There are those which, upon first listen, grab a hold and won't let go. Then there's MP3. Read morePublished on October 26, 2000 by forrestframingham