It’s always a bit of surprise to me to see a “best of” compilation from an artist that I’m only marginally aware of. I’ve listened to a couple of Easton’s albums, but those are from the last couple of years, & quite frankly I had no idea that he had released such a body of work.
This compilation is pulled from seven albums he released on New West over the last decade or so. He’s spent that time relentlessly touring, & hitting the studio to record new material. Today his website shows tours in Japan and Europe as well as Alaska and the continental US. He’s a busy man.
So what do we have here? The tracks on Before the Revolution do show a bit of stylistic variety as you might expect. The core sound is that of a singer songwriter. But he also shows plenty of classic rock influences, as well as those of 90s post-Elliott Smith songwriters.
The folkier material works best for me, as I would expect. But the range he shows is quite impressive. I think I’ll be tracking down more of his albums.