It only takes a glance at the title to Joe Rathbone's 2004 release to realize he's a singer with a poetic frame of mind. I Can Hear the Windows of Your Heart Breaking is made up of many such poetic moments, and like any good singer/songwriter, Rathbone has written all of his own material. He's also, like his colleagues, populated the album with songs that concentrate on love lost, love gone wrong, and love found. These songs can be fairly straightforward, as on the opener, "Learning to Fly," or much more complex, as with "Windows Breaking." In the former, the narrator invites a love interest to take a walk on the beach, because "I've been waiting for you/And you've been waiting for me." In the latter, he explores the need for star-crossed lovers to hook up or else be faced with a lifetime of regret. The rock arrangements of I Can Hear the Windows of Your Heart Breaking are fairly straightforward and solid, and Rathbone's a good singer who doesn't mind wearing a bit of emotion on his sleeve in a weeper like "Hometown Queen." Fans of his previous work will enjoy Rathbone's latest musings on I Can Hear the Windows of Your Heart Breaking.
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AllMusic Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.