's seventh studio effort, Lost in America
, features more of the heartfelt, adult contemporary rock he's become known for. Falling somewhere between the classicist melodic pop of Matthew Sweet
and the more contemporary songcraft of Train
has a knack for mixing melodies and lyrics that hark back as much to the workman-like aesthetic of '60s Brill Building pop as it does to '70s singer/songwriters. While nothing on Lost in America
stands out as much as his biggest hit, "I'll Be," off his 1999 album Messenger
, fans of that song should find much to like here. Notably, such jangly, evocative, and emotionally resonate tunes as "The Kiss," "My Mystery," and "Losing Tonight" are immediately likeable.