“Scenes From the Southside” is another strong set of piano-based pop with catchy melodies. While the other musicians are able, they just fill out the sound — this is Hornsby‘s gig. One of his greatest strengths is that, despite being an accomplished musician, he never shows off his chops at the expense of the song. The lyrics offer a slice of Americana; co-written with his brother, John Hornsby, the songs conjure up feelings of national pride (“Defenders of the Flag”) as well as small-town nostalgia (“The Road Not Taken”). However the highlights of the album are the minor hits “Look out Any Window” and “The Valley Road,” with their sprawling, grandiose arrangements that rank among his finest work. Scenes From the Southside is one of Hornsby‘s best efforts and a must-own for fans.