No sane person can say he sounds good on Confidante. Understand that I love this song, but his voice sounds not just weak, but ravaged. It actually works in a sense for a song looking back on distant memories, but in places it still makes me wince. If anyone watched the live comments during the Grand Central Station webcast, a steady stream of comments were to the effect of, "god, he can't sing anymore." I actually think he manages to sound okay on a number of Egypt Station tracks -- albeit largely with the help of skillfully deployed backing vocals and studio wizardry. And am deliriously happy we have one more excellent album from Paul (I'd rate ES in the top 15% of his solo work at least), but on several tracks I just have to mentally pencil in the sound of his younger voice to keep from getting depressed as hell.
If that makes me a Debbie Downer, so be it. Debbie was right sometimes.