Liking it more and more despite being pre disposed to dislike it based on my first listen to "Miracle" which I still think is a very weak track lyrically, just repeats the same lyric over and over. I've warmed to Hello Sunshine, I would say that track is middle of the pack. This album is a hit with me since I would say half of them are strong tracks instead of 20% as with most of his post-Magic albums. I  agree that Moonlight and Stones are among his best, just very moving and well-crafted, strong lyrics which are important to me. Moonlight has a nice arpeggiated acoustic guitar and a time-lapse-at the start he speaks to the desk clerk, at the end the place is boarded up. Stones has very nice vocals from him and great lyrics. Tuscon Train is right up there also, that line "just to show her a man can change" is sung so nicely. Hitch Hikin' is also a good one, is about a younger Bruce, try to hitch hike all day today, you'd either be arrested or murdered in an hour. Western Stars overdoes the desert imagery a bit but has some really nice chord changes and vocals. The instrumental break just prior to the "John Wayne" line is subtle and not overdone. Wayfarer, Sundown I put in the middle of the pack. Hello Sunshine & Miracle below them. Horses and Drive Fast, ugh. Nashville-he threw a couple lyrics together in a few minutes, a nothing song. Sleepy Joe-the new Mary's Place/Sunny Day. 

IT has got a certain feel ... never thought strings and Bruce would fit but it works for me. Song writing is stronger than his last offerings.

And folks, what did you expect anyway? We all know that Bruce sold out after The River ...   

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