How I Changed the World
All the best tunes from 1979 to today, remastered from the original mixes. Michael Eck of the Times-Union says: 'McKnight likes a hook. Heck, he loves a hook. And he tosses them off effortlessly, dropping tuneful turns of phrase like raindrops across the width and breadth of his ambitious new 66-song retrospective, "How I Changed The World." Slip in any of the three discs that make up the box set and you'll be transported to an eclectic, yet focused "World" that is at once thrilling and comforting. You've heard every one of these songs before, you just can't remember where or when. They have that much immediacy, that much strength. They're the kind of closet classics that will have you singing along by the second chorus. If you're looking for a touchstone, the immediate one is Elvis Costello. McKnight shares a certain timbre and edge with Costello, minus the English accent, naturally. But he also shares a prolific bent, a genuine knack for matching words to music ("When I asked her if she had a name, turned out hers and mine were both the same," he croons in "Somerville") and a seeker's ideal of the elusive, yet perfect song. But Costello's only the broadest stroke. There are also flashes of Neil Finn, John Hiatt, Jimmy Webb and Paul McCartney throughout "How I Changed The World." Paul Rapp of Metroland says: 'What you've got here is a parallel history of white-boy pop music over the last thirty years through the prism of one great songwriter you may not have ever heard of... There are as many hits here as on any album you'll ever buy. Period.'