Robert resurrects the name of his 60s band 'Band of Joy' for this album produced by Buddy Miller, guitarist on 2007's collaboration with Alison Krauss "Raising Sand". However, this isn't 'a back to the 60s' record, although some of the covers are from the 60s. In fact it's a very similar collection of songs to "Raising Sand", covers of old country, rockabilly, R&B and blues tracks, with a similar atmospheric sound - banjos and mandolins, with lashings of reverb and tremolo on the guitar. I really like the variety of the songs and the way that the producer creates a unifying overall sound from the disparate styles, similarly Robert's voice seems to fit all the different styles without compromising any of his usual vocal stylings.
I think that this is a more consistent album than "Raising Sand", although again chances have been taken and some songs work better than others, the best songs here are really excellent. My favourite tracks are the opening cover of Los Lobos' "Angel dance" and the following version of Richard Thompson's "House of cards", with 'Fairportesque' vocals from Patty Griffin. In fact I thought that Patty's backing vocals were really good throughout and I would have liked to have heard more of them. I also enjoyed the 50s country song "Falling in Love Again" (with Robert sounding a bit like Elvis), the 'Merseybeat' "You Can't Buy My Love" and the haunting "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down". It will be interesting to see if this record sells as well as "Raising Sand".