I picked up The Thorns S/T at Busted Buy yesterday. It's the kind of rock SA-CD I've been wishing for lately, new and good. What's really amazing is that it's a Sony hybrid, M/C disc too. Maybe the single-layer era has been put to rest? Let's hope! The album has a bit of a throwback sound. It's got a very 70's feel. I described it as very Crosby, Stills, Nash and sumtimes Young or Hollies or Seals & Croft like to somebody yesterday. I read a discription in an advert last night that said they might be the new C, S & N ? I aggree with that acessment. Maybe Sony has been listening to all the whining about stone age SA-CD's? This is brand new stone age music to my ears. The songs are well written with purr-dy vocal haromonies. There are some keyboards but this is string music. About every cotton pickin' string instument that pickers use is used here. Even some that I have no idea what the hell they are...? Que, what's a Hurdy Gurdy (must be some inside joke?), what's a Marxophone? I didn't know electric Dulcimers existed. What's a Vihuela? What's a Ukelin? Many of the songs start with an acoustic guitar and then the electric guitars and other thangs join in. The Thorns are Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, and Pete Droge singin' and pickin'. They have help from some other cats, most notably Jim Keltner on drums. Ya'all need to hear this one! I'm giving it the Rachael seal of approveal.