I didn't much like this record, and I don't think anyone was more surprised by that than me. I'm not sure what I was expecting--and that could be part of the problem-- but to my ear, it just felt flat.

That said, you raise a couple of points I totally agree with. First, I appreciate that he didn't just play the hits, as it were. That would've been easy to do. Probably would've sold well, too. The lesser-known tracks seem to work well comparatively. Second, picking "Night Shift" as a song to cover left me scratching my head.

All of that aside, he's at the point where he can pretty much make whatever sort of record he wants-- I'm glad he's interested in pushing the envelope a little bit.

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