This former frontman for Best Kissers in the World takes his own material and blends it in with some thoughtfully selective covers for a very interesting, appealing album. The realization that it’s basically b-sides and rarities is surprising considering how well they’re executed; and cohesive, one can’t understate how cohesive the album sounds. Whether it’s the heartfelt and sincere “One Clear Shot” or the soulful, powerful delivery on the Stones gem “Jigsaw Puzzle”, Collier seems quite confident on each song. It shows, particularly on the alt. country reworking of David Bowie’s “Sorrow”. At other times, his own material shines, such as the tender, singer-songwriter vibe felt during “Don’t Discard Me”. The only tune which doesn’t quite gel as well is Elton John’s “Rocket Man”, which goes down an Americana road. What is more powerful and perhaps the highlight is the stunning “Night Comes In” which stretches out for six wonderful minutes. The slower, honky-tonkin’ “Sometimes She Forgets”, penned by Steve Earle, is also golden.
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