The overlapping acoustic sounds you hear muffling the opening lines of "Our Lady of the Well" come from the opening track, "Take It Easy." This song should be enjoyed in context — Browne was a master sequencer and album-fashioner — yet it can stand alone. The same can be said for every track on For Everyman, released in 1974.
Enjoy a quiet morning coffee? Buy this record. Like a late-night drive? Buy this record. Recently heart-broken? Buy this record.
Perhaps Browne's finest, For Everyman is two sides stuffed with the best southern California had to offer during the first half of the 1970s. It's contemplative, self-aware and poignant, though never more than it needs to be.