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Thomas Anderson: "Alright It Was Frank--And He's Risen From the Dead and Gone Off With His Truck" [Out There, 1990]
Just this frail-voiced songwriter in an Oklahoma college town, where Botticelli rubs souls with Belle Starr and Chaucer specialists give up tenure for love. His drummer can play, his bassist likes "Sweet Jane," the tunes his songs share are good ones, and though he's slightly word-drunk, he's too smart and funny and unassuming to waste many. You'd enjoy getting to know him. And feel proud you're American when the visit ended. A-