Free-for-All (1992) is the album that proved to skeptics that Michael Penn was neither a one-hit wonder nor an artistic lightweight trading on his famous surname. It's a darker, less immediately engaging album than March, but it's also a far more consistent album than that wildly uneven debut. From the ominous opener, "Long Way Down (Look What the Cat Drug In)," through to the seething closer, "Now We're Even," this is a murky but memorable set of tunes about deception, anger, broken promises, and recriminations. Hardly ...

Free-for-All 1992, RCA

UPC: 078636111322

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