Is There Anyone Home
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Lightfoot's commercial breakthrough is highlighted by the sad, singable title cut and the even sadder, more singable "Carefree Highway." The Canadian songsmith's deep, dark voice lends itself to the most enjoyable sense of sentimentality and desolation in a way that pretty much defines the singer-songwriter genre. This is ultimately pop music, but it is perfect pop music.