Make no mistake, Gary Jules is a poet. His poems are wrapt up in a cocoon of mellow folky-rock goodness but they are poems none the less. Most people recognise Gary from his remake of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World" which was used to much effect in the Donnie Darko soundtrack but that was an atypical track and you should prepare for a different sort of sound.
The debut solo album "Greetings from the Side" contains individually better songs than the follow up release "Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets" however the former never really feels cohesive. It is really just a collection of songs put onto and album, a collection of great songs including possibly the greatest love song i've ever heard(Owen Down), but it never really meshes with itself.
"Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets" on the other hand is a far more fleshed out piece of work. Melancholy and subdued each track captures the mood of a different story, with Los Angeles as an unspoken backdrop.
Gary Jules - Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets
Gary Jules - Greetings from the Side