- Tim Easton
In tunes like "Poor, Poor LA" and the love songs "Hummingbird" and "Amor Azul," Easton doesn't settle for the easy fix. His lyrics are complex, personal, and observant: "When the work is over/And it's just begun/I probably should have told you/That I wasn't coming back for long/I need you still/Tonight my face could tell the story better/I never meant to leave you," he sings in "Watching the Lightning," his longest, eeriest track. Backed by master drummer Jim Keltner, Bonnie Raitt bassist Hutch Hutchinson, and Browne's keyboardist, Jai Winding, Easton turns in a remarkable clutch of tunes. Two of the most impressive are by J.P. Olsen, "John Gilmartin" (a dust-bowl ballad for Bush's America) and the rueful "True Ways." Experience Easton for power and passion. Track Olsen for promise.