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This Perfect World


Download links and information about This Perfect World by Freedy Johnston. This album was released in 1994 and it belongs to Rock, Country, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 40:13 minutes.

Artist: Freedy Johnston
Release date: 1994
Genre: Rock, Country, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 12
Duration: 40:13
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No. Title Length
1. Bad Reputaion 4:08
2. Evie's Tears 3:01
3. Can't Sink This Town 3:52
4. This Perfect World 4:35
5. Cold Again 2:37
6. Two Lovers Stop 2:46
7. Across the Avenue 3:29
8. Gone Like the Water 2:44
9. Dolores 3:42
10. Evie's Garden 2:54
11. Disappointed Man 3:15
12. I Can Hear the Laughs 3:10



Freedy Johnston's major-label debut is less consistently stunning than its predecessor, 1992's Can You Fly but, taken on its own terms, it affirms his position as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Certainly no one paints more evocative portraits of lonely, disappointed people. The majority of these 12 tracks are about men who either know or strongly suspect that they've done something unforgivable, and such is Johnston's mastery as a lyricist that it's even subtly apparent when his narrators are lying to themselves. Johnston frames his bleak narratives with melodic, chiming folk-rock; if anything, the predominantly mid-tempo songs and radio-ready Butch Vig production are a little too smooth, robbing This Perfect World of the edge that made Can You Fly so piercing. The most memorable tracks are the sparsest ones, where Johnston's words and appealingly plain voice take center stage. In addition to the melancholy opener, "Bad Reputation," other highlights include "Can't Shake This Town" and the witty "Dolores" — few songwriters could pack so many Lolita allusions into three minutes of guitar pop without sounding too clever by half. Best of all is the mournful, eerie title track, which describes the possibly mortal sins of one man's past and the hopelessness of his future with the economy and punch of a good short story.