On Force of Nature, Henke's rarely so adventurous. He continues to write and play in the same vein as Many Waters and Love Song. In the liner notes, he describes the inspirations for the songs, and it's what you might expect. "Conkles Hollow" is about Ohio's Hocking Hills region, "Ruins of Tulum" pays tribute to an ancient Mayan city, and "Big Sur" honors the oceanside community in Northern California near where Henke was born. If you're looking for a nice spot in the woods, Henke's liner notes can point you in the right direction; you've gotta admire a guy who can embrace life's simple pleasures. But with the exception of "Waterfalls" (which really mimics the sound of falling water) and the moody closer "The Joy of Being," Force of Nature is rather monotonous.
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