Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Candy From a Stranger

Posted on

Candy From a Stranger

Current Status:
In Season

We gave it a B-

Acoustic guitars, heart-on-sleeve lyrics, world-weary singing — six years after their big commercial breakthrough, these mellowed-out ex-punks could give James Taylor lessons in crafting inoffensively earnest pop-rock. While chief songwriter Dave Pirner’s po-faced ruminations on insecurity are intermittently affecting (”See You Later”), Candy From a Stranger‘s bittersweet ditties should be ingested sparingly. B-