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Album Review

Backing away from the introspective inclinations of Free-for-All, Michael Penn delivers a concise and thoroughly infectious guitar pop album with Resigned. Like most of Penn's music, the album relies heavily on Revolver-era Beatles, but his melodies are uniformly tighter and catchier than before, and producer Brendan O'Brien gives the record a crisp, attractive sound. None of the tracks initially stand out like "No Myth" or "Long Way Down," yet each song is well constructed and filled with hooks, making Resigned a terrific third album from Penn.

Customer Reviews

One of the best pop albums of the 90s - or any decade

iTunes has two versions of this album available - one for $10 and one for $11. No idea why. Either way, buy one of them as soon as you can and hear one of the finest songwriters of this generation at the very top of his game. On this album there is a song for every mood, every state of mind. Standouts include "Try," "Out of My Hands," "Figment," and "I Can Tell." A 30-second clip will not give you even close to the full experience of his songcraft, so I highly recommend buying at least those four to get a glimpse of what Michael Penn has to offer with "Resigned."

the most unpopular "pop music"

This was the CD I played again and again when I was driving I5 from LA to San Francisco 12 years ago,
what a musical trip! As brilliant as his actor brother Sean, Michael should deserve more recognition from the music lovers.
He is a true singer-songwriter that devoted himself to create numerous classic pop songs in a wrong time that became the most unpopular "pop music".
Buy this album, and give it a complete listen, and you'd ask yourself - How can such a pop album so unheard.

Must Have!

This album is one of few on my "Must Have" album list. Obscure yet awesome. I couldn't recommend it more!


Born: August 1, 1958 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most acclaimed singer/songwriters to emerge during the late 1980s, Michael Penn was seemingly destined for a career in show business. The oldest son of director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, he was born August 1, 1958 in New York City's Greenwich Village area; within a year, the family relocated to Los Angeles, and there Penn's younger siblings Sean (later recognized among the finest actors of his generation) and Chris (a noted character actor acclaimed for his work in features like...
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