Sure, Cooper delivers the expected well-crafted, literate tunes about love and death. His token cover choice is Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd," but he uses the opportunity to expose the tune's topicality as well as his deft finger-picking skills. The real surprise is his rocking numbers. The jangly title track of the last album as well as "Sit This One Out" display a Tom Petty-Matthew Sweet quality, while "Step Into the Light" works to a rugged roots-rock groove. Cooper might be unheralded, but it has little bearing on the quality of his music.
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