Surprisingly this is album number eight from the B.C. roots-rocker, who always feels like he's brand new and exciting. Maybe that's because he doesn't get out East much, but it does surprise me he continues to fly a under the radar. The guy has the writing chops for sure, has been more consistent then, say, Sam Roberts, and easily sits comfortably on a CD shelve between Steve Earle and Ryan Adams.Teaming up with Los Lobos keysman Steve Berlin as producer, this album is perhaps a bit more polished, pro and tight than others in the catalogue, and really, there's nothing wrong with that in Stagger's case. After all, it's not like they've trip-hop or anything, it's just got bigger and clearer. A song like Have A Heart has a strong edge, and Berlin has brought that out with distortion and guitar effects, and a gutsier production. The beaten-down everyman of Mister is certainly an anti-hero of Americana proportions, and that's the appropriate sound that tune is given.