The band's seventh release sidesteps from the lenghty numbers feature on their previous two albums and in favour of shortish, intriguing songs that range in style from early period Bruce Springsteen-type numbers on On the Breeze Tonight, to moody, mini-epics such as Closed for the Winter, which features swirling strings and breakneck tempos. Made for Life is a foot stomping concert opener, somewhere between the Rolling Stones meets Bob Seger but with female vocals. Lost on the Way II continues the band's tradition of creating filmic instrumentals. The set closes with the apocalyptic Empty Houses, Empty Streets, wherein an Omega Man character appears to be the last man left on earth, wandering around in search of others and basic daily needs, it's catchy, haunting chorus belies the dark timbre of the songs lyrics - the sort of thing Randy Newman is a master of. An album for those that like their songs thoughtful and melodic.