New England (KLP148)
"You Fall" is an inspired duet between Anderson and Elvrum, their voices intertwining through the melancholy anthem's sublime production. The song flows seamlessly into "A Book Laid On Its Binding"--a song written by Jason's good friend and tour mate Joe Knapp, of Omaha's Son, Ambulance. It consists of nothing more than piano, Jason, and the golden, heartbreaking voice of Mirah. The overall effect of 'New England' is such that one feels as though Anderson is sitting in the same room performing. This feeling is most evident in the largely improvised, "bar-band" arrangements, most notably on--the ghostly, "Pen Pals"--and "Hold On", which builds to a moving, gospel-like chorus. And this is to say nothing of the drunken, uplifting finale of "Christmas", or--maybe Anderson's best song--"I Want My Summer Back".