I'm thoroughly enjoying getting into this moody, subtle new work from Sonny Landreth. There's a lot going on in the guitar work and a close listen reveals some truly excellent playing. Lots of interesting, diverse keys and orchestration provide plenty of variety and a departure from the stripped-down, three-piece sound on earlier works like "Outward Bound" and "South of I10". Despite the first appearance of a laid-back, almost at times mournful approach, the playing and arrangements are complex and enticing. There's clearly been a great deal of thought concerning the structure of the songs which are more varied than previous instrumental pieces on earlier albums.
The stand-out tracks for me are "Wonderide" and "Elemental Journey". I love the staccato strings in "Wonderide", and the laconic but rocking approach in "Elemental Journey".
It may be that there's no knock-out "Back to Bayou Teche"-style 'hit' on here, but that misses the point. This is a beautiful and mature sound journey which for me really pushes the boundaries of slide playing on a guitar.