It’s always a pleasure to welcome back Richard Shindell, one of our favorite songwriters, especially when his latest album, Careless, represents years of work and growth. Meticulously recorded over three years in New York and Buenos Aires, Careless might be an anachronism. At a time when the very idea of the album is called into question — when technological developments and listening habits challenge its status as the natural vehicle of an artist’s presentation — Shindell offers us an ambitious, luxurious, full-length statement. Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Argentina and the Hudson Valley, Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow’s Point in 1992, to his current release, Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song. His talents as a writer, singer, storyteller and guitarist have been evident in his collaborations with the likes of Joan Baez, Larry Campbell, Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky, while his solo performances remain engaging and unforgettable.