The collection specializes in driving songs: Beginning with the car wreck in up-tempo opener "Cute as a Bug," tracks like "The Truck Song" and the more maudlin "Nothing But a Good Ride" praise the joys of the ride over the destination, while "San Antonio Girl" and "Wallisville Road" remind us how a good drive with a girl by our side serves as the best sort of courting ritual. With subtle bite, "On Saturday Night" chimes in cartoonishly as a Coupe DeVille and pills provide an escape from any of life's bothers. Through all the songs, we rollick across Texas and Nashville as the road soothes psyches bruised by heartache, crappy jobs, crooked politicians and haunted presents. Such movement is the perfect theme for a mid-career collection that suggests the long road remaining for Lovett and his fans to careen down together. When he sings "Things are about to change" on Thursday night, we'll be ready to ride along into the horizon.
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