Though he’s never ascended to A-list status, veteran singer/songwriter Steve Forbert has carved out a nice career for himself over the past 35-plus years. The better-than-expected “Compromised” is Forbert’s 16th studio album and ranks among the more enjoyable offerings of his long career. Still best known for his 1980 hit “Romeo’s Tune,” the 60-year-old Forbert has a Grammy nomination on his resume and is a 2006 inductee into the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame.
“It’s all about the songs,” Forbert explains. “And the songs are about the inspiration. For me, if you have the inspiration, then you have to make the commitment to getting the song as good as you know it should be. Then making an album — a finished product — is your next challenge.”
“Compromised” builds on the strengths of terrific 2012 platter “Over With You.” There aren’t any clunkers to be found on a 15-track set that includes regular and Americana versions of three tunes. Among the highlights here are the set-opening title track, “When I Get to California,” “Welcome the Rolling Stones,” “Devil (Here She Comes Now)” and “Whatever, Man.” It’s nice to see that after so many years in the business, Steve Forbert still has something to say. (Jeffrey Sisk)