Somewhere between 2010's mostly ignored double album "III/IV" (recorded in 2007) and the recently released "Ashes and Fire," some music fans fell back in love with this singer-songwriter with claims that it's his best work since "Heartbreaker." While that may be true, considering how inconsistent his work has been, it's a little mysterious. This collection is a pleasant collection of breezy folk-pop, but it's nothing you haven't heard before.
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