Nettwerk's Modern Day Troubadours collection features 13 recent cuts from a veritable "who's who" of adult alternative pop/rock tunesmiths -- why Johnny Cash's 1957 recording of "Give My Love to Rose" is included is mind boggling. Notable tracks include Ron Sexsmith's beautiful "Not About to Lose," Jay Farrar's "Barstow," and Neil Finn's "Driving Me Mad." Also included are songs by Scandinavian wunderkind Sondre Lerche, Americana poster-boy Grant Lee Phillips, and legendary producer/songwriter Daniel Lanois. The majority of the material is typical singer/songwriter fare that focuses on relationships both won and lost, and fans of the genre will find much to love within the confessional confections of Ed Harcourt and David Mead, but the real winner is "Where Happiness Lives," a dreamy slice of FM pop heaven from Norse newcomers Magnet.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger