Saw this guy on 'Later... with Jools Holland'. He sang one song, 'Mars' (his favourite sweet shop when he was a kid). On the strength of that I caught his Edinburgh gig and I'm glad I did. He's a funny, thoughtful man - and THAT VOICE! Effortless and soaring. Ended the nite with 'Little Pink House', a song about his supportive and inspirational granny who lived in a little pink house with blue polka dots. In conservative Midwest America. Really. Respect to John, respect to his granny! See him if you can.
The lyrics in this song are, quite simply, amazing. The metaphors all have deep meaning and they're all there for a reason. I actually identify with this song more than any other on the album, because I used to have the same problem. Deep underneath, its all about holding the world to outrageous standards, but not wanting the world to hold you to the same. Simply amazing that he can put those feelings into words like this.