Agreed. 'Bare Trees' is my favorite of the five "middle/Welch" era albums. I love it - except the old woman poem reading track, of course. If you want to talk actual music, the only two tracks from the album I could live without (though I don't hate them) are 'Danny's Chant' and Chris's 'Homeward Bound'. Not only is the album really good but it is home to three should-a-been hit singles: 1 - Sentimental Lady - which actually became a hit when Welch re-recorded it 2 - Spare Me A Little - as worthy a hit as any Chris had during the B&N era 3 - Sunny Side Of Heaven - if Albatross could become a hit single, then why not this?