Michael Penn's solo album March is quite fantastic. The main single off of it, "No Myth" was a pretty decent hit for Sean Penn's brother and it's a shame he's never quite had the same level of success again. "No Myth" though, has that excellent pop sensibility and a fantastic hook.
I admit the song is a bit schmaltzy, but I don't feel like it has aged much. In fact, a lot of the alternative movement of the 90s seems to be in this vein. And he's playing a 12 string. Can't beat it.