First off, this is a band I love unreservedly and put on the best, most energetic concert I've ever seen...in my house. This is certainly a pretty single, a great, quaint example of what Jeff Mangum was doing as a solo effort before he assembled "the Band". Jeff was doing all kinds of sound collage before getting down to writing great songs, which I think is important for any songwriter, to have songs that don't necessarily say anything-- just sounds that express emotion. This is not to say that Jeff is not a fantastic song writer, his best lyric is every bit as great as the best Bob Dylan lyric. Try him out and decide for yourself. His stuff is marvelous to behold whether he is just playing by himself on an acoustic guitar or he is backed up by "the Players". It's no wonder he has influenced a whole new generation of musicians with his craft and style. If you an amazingly produced, written, emotional record, see "In the Aeroplane over the Sea". If you want an equally powerful, home recording style record, see "On Avery Island".
I would recommend this to a friend