Fair & Square

Eight years on from battling cancer, Prine sounds in peak form for his first album of new songs since 1995's Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings. On Fair and Square, Prine takes the production reins and plays right into his own wily strengths. The result is an excellent set of songs full of rootsy warmth and unpretentious wit. Among the stunners are the appropriately rambling "My Darlin' Hometown," with Alison Krauss, and "Some Humans Ain't Human," which even sneaks in a nifty Bush-bash.