A1 The Way (3:49)
A2 Ain't You Wealthy, Ain't You Wise? (4:12)
A3 Master And Everyone (2:35)
A4 Wolf Among Wolves (3:47)
A5 Joy And Jubilee (2:45)
B1 Maundering (3:05)
B2 Lessons From What's Poor (3:41)
B3 Even If Love (3:24)
B4 Three Questions (3:14)
B5 Hard Life (3:34)
A short and relatively simple album this. Short, because I have EPs longer than this. Relatively simple when the lyrics and themes are compared to the material on previous albums. (All lyrics and guitar tabs can be found at the excellent palace.free.fr site, by the way.)
Having said that, album opener The Way has me a little puzzled. I think it might be a conversation, the woman speaking first, then the man, and inbetween the refrain, "Love me, the way I love you". From the woman's perspective this means love me more, from the man's, love me less.
Whereas Ease Down The Road revelled in its promiscuity, Master & Everyone is more concerned with going solo, how the rewards of love are for lovers, and all this relationship malarkey isn't really going to fix your problems. It's a little petulant at times, and at others determined to be free.
Musically it's more of a return to the sparser Palace sound. Acoustic guitar and Will's voice dominate, his vocals quiet but close. Little is added, some keyboards, extraneous noise like a foot tapping in time, and on a number of songs the singer Marty Slayton.
With such lack of variety over the album it's hard to pick favourites, but Hard Life is probably my top pick from this.