"Unplugged" was a term reserved for electric appliances when Peter Case left the Plimsouls for a folk solo career. Case's Geffen albums were critically lauded but even praise from Bruce Springsteen couldn't get the general public interested in them. Case's downbeat songs of sin and salvation may not be what the masses want, but they still show off his strong pop sensibilities. Besides great songwriting, his albums feature top musicians like Ry Cooder, T-Bone Burnett, and Roger McGuinn. 1995's Torn Again rocked harder than anything he had done since the Plimsouls, and Case reformed the band in 1998 for a short run. He still records under his own name and his new Vanguard releases show that he remains at the top of his game.