“I am enjoying the new batch of songs. You've got some new sounds and some new voices in the mix. The songwriting is mature, yet more playful at times, too. You've got catchy tunes, good melodies and harmonies, and a tidy running length. I like it when albums clock in around 30 minutes.”
- Travis Higdon, Peek-a-Boo Records
I gave my first ever cassette tape to Travis Higdon 20 years ago while living in Austin, TX. That was Vol. I and this is now. I’m up to Vol. XVI, the final chapter in my Australian adventure.
“Talk About” is the 16th full length album by Super XX Man. So what’s to talk about? Well, for one, Travis is right. It does feature some new voices. Peter Joseph Head steps up with plenty of backing vocals. I snagged email pen-pal Devon Sproule while she was on a day off from her first ever Australian tour. We arranged a live duet, “Sparrow,” and she laid down funky jazz bits on “No Alibi.” Sproule then proceeded to sing a classic country harmony on “Talk About.” Peter and I left the record button on so she could then “talk about” whatever it was she was going on about. In Australia people go on “walk about.” I guess she was going on “talk about.”
The artwork is by my cousin Denise Renno.