Tim Easton's New West debut, The Truth About Us, attracted a good deal of earnest praise and attention, based on his exceptional songwriting and strong vocal presence.

Tim Easton's New West debut, The Truth About Us, attracted a good deal of earnest praise and attention, based on his exceptional songwriting and strong vocal presence. Break Your Mother's Heart, Easton's new CD, is a special piece of work: No sophomore slump for this veteran performer. Easton is a textbook example of an Americana artist adeptly drawing on modern folk, country, and rock to produce an extremely appealing hybrid sound. His tunes are wrought with such clarity that they're essentially vignettes. Easton delivers a sweet range of material (and sentiments) during the course of 10 tracks. Check out his pointed observations on Los Angeles ("Poor, Poor L.A."), as well as the sublime convergence of lyrical message and arrangement on "Hanging Tree" and the graceful folk-rock of "Hummingbird."—PVV