The only way i can describe 'Big Moon Ritual' is cosmic American music. Obviously influenced by large helpings of The Grateful Dead, The Band and The Allman Brothers with a touch of The Doors, you get the idea. And not forgetting that it's headed up by the genius that is Chris Robinson, of The Black Crowes. I wouldn't call this a solo album though, as it's all about The Brotherhood. On paper, seven songs clocking in at an hour might sound like some peoples version of hell, but it's to the band's credit that at no point does it drag or become self-indulgent. A year on the road before hitting the studio to record the album has paid dividends. The great Neal Casal's(check out his solo albums) lead guitar is tasteful, and with all the room to work in, still subtle and sympathetic. Whilst Adam MacDougall, on keys, brings his box of tricks, reminding me of Garth Hudson's work in The Band. There's not much to say other than The Brotherhood are a great band and 'Big Moon Ritual' is a fine debut album.