Newly remixed & remastered, the fourth and possibly best overall release from this great American band is finally back in print after several years away! When they reformed for this release in 2000 it had been almost 6 years since they had played together. Having been through two other groups (Still/Always Almost & Finneus Gauge) they now had even more influences & experiences from which to draw. The result is "Cowboy Poems Free", a collection of songs based around American life & experiences from the late 1800s through the first half of the 20th century. The lyrics are drawn from war stories, American cinema and even letters that a relative of singer Ray Weston had written home to his family while being away in another city where he had found work during the depression. The song is very moving as are many of the others in this collection. The musical textures are somewhat different. I really think this is where Echolyn found THEIR sound. Keyboardist Chris Buzby deliberately limited himself to Wurlitzer piano, acoustic piano and organ. He used synthesizers sparingly and mostly for color. The 'poems' of the title refer to the short, delicate instrumental pieces that link the songs together. A very satisfying album that I never tire of listening to and I've heard it dozens of times since its release! This new reissue comes in a digipak with new artwork and a large booklet with all the lyrics. Very nice.