I also thought of "Eight Miles High" when I first heard "Straw to Gold".
I still think the album is a fine piece of work and much better than Imaginary Kingdom. I think these songs and arrangements are perfectly suited to Tim's voice. The album reminds me of Bic Runga's album Birds which was also done with mostly live takes and acoustic instrumentation.
I also need to take back what I said about "Rearview Mirror" in my first post. I actually think it's one of the best songs on the album now.