The notion of romantic entanglement and confusion recurs throughout the album (after all, songs that fit within that category aren't exactly hard to come by), as with Citizen Cope's "Sideways" and The Mavericks' glossy set-opener "I Want To Know," but it's thankfully not all sensitive gentlemen lamenting with laser-guided focus. There are also sensitive gentlemen waxing more esoterically, like Joshua Radin in his wispy "Winter," or Joseph Arthur's "In The Sun," which is now itself ubiquitous in another rendition thanks to Michael Stipe and Chris Martin. Arthur's composition is the centerpiece of the album, a bittersweet ode that retains its optimism even as its writer doesn't seem completely sold on his own prospects.
Compilations can be a tricky business. Often times, coherent themes can be undercut by the presence of corporately-mandated singles that don't fit the overall vibe, or sets that are sequenced like they were chosen by a hundred monkeys who were simultaneously trying to type Shakespeare, but this collection is doggedly diligent, sometimes almost to a fault. With hard-bitten, world-weary contributors like Arthur and Hay countering the flow of their younger, less experienced peers, Scrubs Vol. 2 finds a nice balance, especially for those who can appreciate a solid, earnest romantic ditty for what it is.
Luke Daniel Rush - June 30th, 2006