Again, Crenshaw’s producer shapes his sound for his album significantly – on Downtown he’s produced by T-Bone Burnett who pushes the album in a country direction.
The outstanding song is the one that’s not produced by T-Bone Burnett – ‘Blues Is King’ is produced by Crenshaw and Mitch Easter, and it’s punchier and more immediate than the rest of the album. I’m not sure that Downtown is significantly weaker than its predecessors, but it’s certainly more subtle and I prefer my Crenshaw bright and poppy. Songs like ‘Lesson Number One’ and ‘Distance Between’ are strong, but ‘Blues Is King’ and upbeat opener ‘Little Wild One’ are the songs that I remember from Downtown.
Downtown is a solid effort from a pop craftsman, but outside of ‘Blues Is King’, I don’t return to it often.