When you're all alone, driving somewhere or cleaning the house, and every radio station and CD you put on just seems like the same old stuff and you can't connect with it, then it's time to pop this disc in the machine. You won't be alone anymore. It's not perfect; it's not polished to a high gloss. It's like Woody Guthrie or Johnny Cash; songs written and sung by a working man trying to come to grips with his life and his thoughts about the world. However, the backup musicians are polished professionals and the songs are in a wide variety of styles. Many of them deal with serious things, yet listeners very often use the word 'upbeat' to describe the album.