If you’ve ever wanted to listen to Paul McCartney without all of the Paul McCartney, you should listen to Emitt Rhodes. The man was clearly influenced by Sir McCartney. Rhodes will open your world and take you to a piece of the 70’s that was smothered by mainstream music. I was blown away when I first heard this record. This is some sophisticated pop music. It has meaning, but you aren’t asked to sift through complexities to get to it. This simplicity makes the listening really pleasant. Some songs are happy, some are sad, but Rhodes keeps them all on a balanced level. By doing this, each song of the album is as important as the rest. While I hear something that has the potential to be a hit, there are no hits. He’s diverse yet simple in his instrumentation. The album is spot on.