's new album, Greenland
, many things: haunting, bittersweet or the band's best work since its underrated mid-'90s masterpieces, Kerosene Hat
and The Golden Age
. Just don't call it mature. "Usually, mature, when you read that in a rock review, means that it's a boring record," laughs frontman David Lowery, via phone from a recording studio where he is both producing the acclaimed alt-country band Lucero and playing trains with his three-year-old son. "'Paul Westerberg has written his most mature record to date.' Like, oh, shit, it's going to be boring. But me and [guitarist] Johnny [Hickman], we're both in our forties now, we've been doing this for twenty-something years...hold on. I've got to spin my three-year-old tyrant around in his chair. This is the time of your life when you start deleting people from your address book because they're dead." Cracker is also touring behind Greatest Hits Redux
, re-recorded versions of the band's best-known songs released on the same day that Cracker's former label, Virgin, released Get On With It: The Best of Cracker
. "We didn't tell [Virgin] about [Redux
]," Lowery explains. "We just asked ourselves what every good rock band should, which is 'What would Andy Kaufman do?'"