His work is amazing. He has this remarkable ability to be quite direct in his observations on society/life and get away with it. Short People, Rednecks, God's Song, Half a Man as examples. So many songs that take the bigot's/corrupt point of view to seemingly expose it - with judgement one presumes, but he just plays the scenarios out and lets the listener do the work. And songs of such emotional delicacy (I think It Is Going To Rain Today; Real Emotional Girl, I Want You To Hurt Like I Do). A truly admirable talent.