The record takes a step back from his former (and later) albums and has a more intimate and reduced atmosphere. Piano and strings are dominant in these songs.
Almost and Always shines from start to end: it leaves a lasting impression in being a smart, classic and coherent collection of songs.
Central theme of Rainy Weather Friend, arranged just with ukulele and piano, is a former lost love. The key change in the middle of the song is essential: i'm sorry, but i had to change the music / too many songs in minor keys / they made me feel like i was losing / sight of the forest for the trees.
Blackberry Winters lets you acoustically feel the sun shine again, Little Boats and Twenty Girls Ago are compelling by their minimalism.
David Mead deserves to be more popular - sadly he isn't...
1. Rainy Weather Friend
2. Little Boats
3. Blackberry Winters
4. Mojave Phone Booth
5. Twenty Girls Ago
6. From My Window Sill
8. Gramercy Vaudeville
9. Last Train Home
10. Almost and Always
11. Love Don't Leave Me Now
12. Sleeping In Saturday
David Mead - Last Train Home (Live from Ivy League Studios)
David Mead - Almost and Always (at amazon.com)
David Mead - Live at Flying Otter Vineyards (2009)