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When it comes to those surprises, a song like "Spend Your Sunlight" is a good example of what's often at work in the album, Brown's guitar playing showcasing a sprightly folk backed with sort-of rock underpinning -- as well as the violin -- that touches on everything fromDan Fogelberg
. Brown's sweet and slippery voice is the trickiest thing throughout, playing around with vocal rhythms as much as lyrical ones. Another winner lies in how the slightly queasy steel guitars on "Greencard Wedding" are set against a story that sounds right out of Steely Dan more than anything else.
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