Really cool and effective soft pop laced with hints of Americana, bluegrass, and country and western. Shuyler Jansen has already experienced a good deal of success with his roots rock band Old Reliable...but he is also now releasing solo albums as well. Today's Remains is the second full-length release from this remarkably talented fellow. The album resonates with pure sincerity and timeless melodies. Although his music bears little resemblance to either, Jansen's overall approach reminds us of artists like Neil Young and Richard Thompson...talented songwriters who forged their own career paths and succeeded. Remains was recorded using traditional instruments. The arrangements are sparse and open...allowing listeners to focus on Shuyler's calm and cool vocals. The title track bears a strange resemblance to Don McLean's "Vincent"...but that is where the similarities end. On the first listen we found this CD to be pleasant enough...but ten or twenty spins later we found ourselves completely immersed in Shuyler's highly stylized soft pop. Wonderfully moody cuts include "Pegasus," "Windswept," "Jealous Girl," and "Chief." An obvious TOP PICK. Recommended.