There was a time when you could call Scott Tuma a country-rock songwriter, albeit one riddled with little eccentricities. But somewhere along the way he stopped writing songs and started exploring pure sound. Hard Again retains Tuma's love for folksy melodies, rustic instrumentation and earthy rhythms. But they are loves that now exist as nothing more than hearsay. In many respects Hard Again is landscape music, not unlike Neil Young's Dead Man soundtrack and Ry Cooder's score for Paris, Texas.