Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Lee Rude serves up an entertaining mix of folk, country, blues, and roots pop on his debut album. Rude has drawn comparisons to artists such as Elvis Costello, John Hiatt, and Lou Reed. He sings about everyday topics with his own twists, as on "Cell Phone" and his take on the art of songwriting, "Song of Nothing New." The characters in his songs are flawed and vulnerable, like the alcoholic in "5 AM" and the man witnessing the slow death of a loved one in "Highway 65." However, there are also some sweet pop tunes like "Count on Me" and "That's Why," a duet with Lori Wray. In short, there's a little something for everyone on this album, and it's all delivered with catchy melodies that will stay in your head for a long time. This album establishes Lee Rude as an artist to keep an eye out for in the future.
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AllMusic Review by Steven Jacobetz