Thanks Texas Rose. I think its really difficult to write celebratory songs about love and growth as there is a tendency for them to sound corny or one dimensional. I remember reading an interview with Michael Stipe and him discussing how difficult it was to write Shiny Happy People.
I think Tim has succeeded on this album in writing some great mature love songs that are complex sometimes (Straw to Gold) and quite simple at other times (Out of this World, Forever Thursday). He has in the past I think written some that are not successful - I don't really like Horizon because I think the lyric doesnt work.
Having said that one of Tim's strongest virtues is that he takes risks. This means he can and does fail at times but it also allows the possibility of writing songs in new and interesting ways. I think on The Conversation he has achieved the latter.