Even for an artist whose main turf is disappointment and fear, Hynes seems to be on a downer. Hearing the word “detox” as a lyric in “Dry” drops you into the shoes of an alcoholic with minimal relief from the bare-bones music. More uplifting, just as strong, is the anthemic “Dirt Poor,” recorded live with an enthusiastic audience. Hynes hits a pothole when he discards cliche rhyming restraints for the cornball love song “Tiger Lily,” and “The Mother who Bore You in Pain” is a leading contender for most depressing song title of the year. While less enthralling than 2003’s Get Back Change, Hynes’s high points confirm his status as Newfoundland’s finest living songwriter.