USA Today Likes Stew

USA Today reviews Something Deeper Than These Changes:

Stew, Something Deeper Than These Changes (***) On his solo outings, of which this is the third, the lead singer of L.A. pop eccentrics the Negro Problem is frequently compared to Burt Bacharach. I find his sinuous melodic twists and articulate but sometimes-oblique lyrics (“lunch box mind”) more reminiscent of Jimmy Webb. Whatever. Such lofty comparisons attest to Stew’s undeniable gifts, evident throughout this consistent set but most distinctive on the circular shaggy-dream tale of L.A., Arteest Café, and two of the most gorgeously melancholy songs of 2003, Way of Life and Love Like That. —Ken Barnes

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