Pure pop perfection and quite simply one of the best albums I've heard lately!
The album is the final chapter of what Messersmith calls his "life-cycle trilogy". The series began with his debut The Alcatraz Kid (dealing with the difficulties of coming of age and finding an identity as a young adult), Silver City (concentrating on married life), and now The Reluctant Graveyard which tackles end-of-life issues and the inhabitants of a local historic cemetery. I know sounds a bit morbid, but it's influenced by 60's styled pop (ala The Zombies, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Monkees, The Beatles).
Here's a couple of my favs (the first reminding me so much of Elliott Smith's vocal delivery)...
"Toussaint Grey First In Life And Death"
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Here he is performing another new tune "A Girl, A Boy, and A Graveyard"...