I've been a fan of this guy since first hearing Pearl River and consider him the backbone among the talent in Royal Southern Brotherhood - from where Devon Allman and Cyril Neville share a track each on here. This though, has to be Mike Zito's creative highpoint, though in true Blues fashion, it's an album about his life's low point.
At times, it's raw; as raw as an open wound; other times, the sound is desolate. Then, as for recovering junkie, there's redemption, but never rejoicing; there's a feeling on the album that while life has taken an upswing and is looking good, its still fragile and could turn to dust any day.
This is a blues album for the 21st Century, no bones about that and I would stand it up against the best of Springsteen in terms of open, honest lyricism.