In 2002 he released &, an album of duets, which is the subject of this journal. In some ways it's reminiscent of Stephin Merritt's Magnetic Fields side project The 6ths which also featured an array of indie artists performing a series of lyrically and musically sophisticated tunes.
The opening track, Devil May Care has Russell Mael of Sparks begins a theme that recurs on several subsequent songs - skepticism in the supernatural. Only rather than the usual atheism, it's about disbelief in the devil.
Get It Right This Time is a duet with Anna Waronker of that dog. is a song of hoped-for redemption, with minor-key pessimistic verses and major-key optimistic choruses.
Any One But You with Stew is actually a cover of a Mumps song which Hoffman wrote for that band. …