The dense fog of reverb that envelops the layered vocals only heightens the distant dreamland quality of the composition. Ironically, the lyrics "Some things that happen for the first time / seem to be happening again" summarize the song's theme but also accurately describe Edmunds's faithful rock-revival modus operandi.
While Dave Edmunds is a knockout rock vocalist, a lightning guitarist, and a meticulous producer who defers to the sonic textbooks of rock history, he's never been a prolific songwriter. The majority of his recorded work has been written by other artists. Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Chuck Berry, and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of the names found in the fine print throughout his LP catalog. Yet perhaps my favorite interpretation he's recorded lies outside the rock and roll canon: the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart song from 1937, "Where or When." Edmunds applies his love of Spectorian grandeur to this supernatural love song about recurring romantic déjà vu.