1989: A&M Records CD 5287
Youre Gone was the grabber for me, as Id heard it around 198990 on Seattles short-lived KEZX radio station, but most of the tracks on this gem have become favorites of mine. Empty is especially appreciated with its perspective of the guy who got the girl from the other guynot a scenario Im personally tied to but one which makes for good dramatic tension. We do not lie side by side and mock the thought of you / And I dont take her hand and ask Is this what he used to do?
This Side of the Morning and Kiss This Thing Goodbye are the obvious radio-staple hits and really arent bad, but Move Away Jimmy Blue hasnt aged as well and When I Want You suffers a similar date-stamping (although the latters still quite nice). Im delighted to note that Youre Gone is just as good to my ears now as it was 18 years ago and in fact the quality of the bands performance is too, its just a question of songwriting and production for the rest (to me).
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