The Waxwings released one of my favorite albums in a number of years back in 2000...entitled "Low To The Ground". Just a great retro-sounding album chock full of great tunes, with perhaps the best opening and closing tunes I have ever heard on any album. This was the bands debut album and what a debut it was. The bar was set incredibly high with their initial release. Seriously, this album has become one of my all-time favorites. If you enjoy great pop/rock music you should definitely check this one out. The Waxwings have just released a new album, In The Shadow Of The Waxwings, and I must say upon first few listens it doesn't measure up to their debut. But how could it? There was no way they could have topped that one. It is still a fairly good album, with some great tunes. It is just not the fantastic experience "Low To The Ground" is from beginning to glorious end. But I have a feeling it is going to grow on me. It has a much more raw sound, with some of the vocals somewhat distorted and the harmonies mixed too far in the background at times. I suppose they were going for a different sound here, at the same time keeping many of the same elements of their debut. I hate to use the word but it is more "experimental" in sound. At times it seems the recording was not up to par, with vocals mixed too low and some of the instrumentation not very clear in the mix. Not sure if this is intentional or not, but it is a bit curious...this recording. I look forward to continuing to listen to "In The Shadow Of The Waxwings" and letting it sink in. But those unfamiliar with the band and think it may be something you may like by all means pick up a copy of "Low To The Ground"...maybe one of the best albums you've never heard.