Andy Vought is the American response to fey British pop bands such as The Field Mice or Trembling Blue Stars. Lending further creedence to this claim, he even recorded a cover of Belle And Sebastian's 'Fox In The Snow' for a recent tribute album to that band. Fittingly, this self-produced album is in keeping with this style of music for sensitive souls.
The end result is a mixed bag though. 'American Dream' is lyrically astute but its keening, quasi-easy listening chorus undoes the good work, whilst the childish 'Alien Abduction' only needs to be heard once before it becomes annoying. His best moment arrives at the centre of the record with the wistful, nostalgic 'Last Summer' and both this track and introspective numbers 'Starlight' and 'The Healing' benefit from some lovely, fragrant guitar patterns, not to mention that all important melancholia. Five minutes of the slowly unwinding 'Broken People' also prove he can cut it on longer songs. Although a little nasal, Vought's vocals are distinct and often charming and many of the songs here indicate that - although he's a man out of time - his quest for a tune usually keeps him a step ahead of the other imitators out there.