This is a great pairing of utterly idiosyncratic songwriters, each with a virulent cult following. Jonathan Richman's lengthy career reaches back to the early '70s, when he led the proto-punk/art-rock Modern Lovers, strongly influenced by the Velvet Underground but with Richman's quirky, outsider, visionary songs at its core. Subsequently he settled into a mystique of whimsical naiveté, at his best finding profound truths in simple observations made provocative by their very guilelessness. Growing maturity has added another bittersweet layer to Richman's songs, which retain a sense of wide-eyed wonder... More >>>