Michael Penn - Palms & Runes, Tarot & Tea: A Michael Penn Collection
This album is essentially a "best of" with a twist. Penn has hand picked these songs himself and provided us with a few updated versions of old tunes, a demo, and a couple of previously unreleased tracks.
Penn was hailed as the next big thing when the single No Myth hit the airwaves back in 1989. But quickly after that he began to fade out of the spotlight. 1992 brought the brilliant and near perfect album-Free for All. The album featured the penetrating single Long Way Down (look what the cat drug in), which is rumored to be about Madonna and her relationship with Penn's brother Sean.
After that album Penn began to fade quickly from the mainstream, but he continued to make great music. Now, after 5 albums, Penn has chosen to release a career retrospective. I'm not crazy about "best of" albums (especially when I already have all the albums), but the newly recorded versions do make this collection feel fresher. This is a good introduction for those of you unfamiliar with Penn's music.
Palms & Runes, Tarot & Tea: A Michael Penn Collection gets a solid B
Other albums by Michael Penn
March = B
Free For All = A-
Resigned = B
MP4 Days Since a lost time accident = B-
Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947 = A-
"We said goodbye before hello, my secrets she will never know" - Michael Penn