I think we could have quite the discussion about this guy given the extraordinarily rich and varied nature of his output. I’d say I’ve been an obsessive for the last seven years or so, and no matter what else I’m listening to I always end up returning to his stuff every six months. At the moment I’m listening to Bone Machine while getting ready for tonight’s pub session, and I have to say it’s my favourite of his atm. It feels like a nicely balanced collection where his avant-leanings are welded to superb songwriting and great structures. There are the great crooners, the mangled blues, and those awesome, fuzzy, heavily textured guitar lines he’d been cultivating since Heartattack/Swordfishtrombone.
I think he’s possibly my favourite songwriter. Nobody can wring as much emotion out of three chords and a plank of wood.