As a songwriter, Detroit's Mike Galbraith owes as much to the Replacements as he does Bob Dylan, to Nirvana as much as Neil Young, to Calvin and Hobbes as Ernest Hemingway. Galbraith reveres the craft of songwriting all the while eschewing the familiar traps of songwriting nostalgia and cliché—there will be no references to trains heard in his songs. He knows more songs by AC/DC than he does Pete Seeger, he readily admits. Simple truths and insightful storytelling mark modern tales, oft beset by booze and heartbreak—like any good songwriter does. He can be a wordy bastard but tricks people into listening anyhow with hooks and sad songs about women.