Hands up if you think the whole lo-fi, four-track indie troubadour thing has gone way stale. Springsteen's Nebraska and the late 80s debut of Smog notwithstanding, the technique really has been done to death. And while Lazarus's 2003 Songs For An Unborn Sun employed a similar cassette-tape intimacy, it's nice to hear the San Francisco singer/songwriter pull his songs out of the bedroom and give them the studio treatment they deserve. Pianos tinkle and ambient guitars swirl around on this very hi-fi recording, creating an immaculate canvas for Lazarus's captivating voice and stellar songwriting. If only we could get Lou Barlow on board.