Balancing folk-rock intelligence and indie rock swagger, Colin Spring blossoms on his fourth album, How I Came to Cry These Tears of Cool. A young master of heartfelt story-songs in the tradition of vintage Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan -- a notion supported by titles like "Fresh Kill in Nowhereville" -- Spring has a knack for tales of cross-dressers and drug deals gone awry. Produced by Seattle boardsman Johnny Sangster and augmented by the likes of Mark Pickerel (of Screaming Trees) and Jim Sangster (of Young Fresh Fellows fame), How I Came to Cry These Tears of Cool sounds as inventive as the stories Spring tells. The power of "Joe McCarthy Is Sweeping Off His Grave" gives the disc wings, but songs of immigrant struggle ("Chinatown") and desolation ("November") are where this rising talent from Washington state soars.
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AllMusic Review by John D. Luerssen