Jump onto the bed, just bones and squirrels inside your head"
After the grooves and lush orchestrations of the seminal 'Nixon', where Kurt Wagner played at being Curtis Mayfield, came this parred back version of the band. Gone were the bold dynamics, replaced with a reticent world of self doubt, soundtracked by nightclub piano and big fat jazz guitar. It's finely cut cloth is stylish, sombre and understated; more a mood piece than anything; the pace never gets above dawdling maudlin.
'Country' it ain't.
As ever Wagner's contemplations verge on the cryptic or impenetrable but the abstract nature of the lyrics makes the listener work harder and create their own meaning to the barking baritone timbre.
Here's the title track, then live footage (badly synched) of 'My Blue Wave' a love song to Kurt's dog, followed by 'The New Cob Web Summer'.