First, I must make the obligatory observation that Jeff Lang is one of the most mind-bogglingly brilliant blues-based guitarists around, with particularly strong skills with a slide (both bottleneck and lap). One of the most interesting things about him, though, is that he likes to change his sound from album to album. This album breaks from previous albums in a couple of ways. First, there is more electric playing here. Don't worry-- that doesn't mean he decided to pick up a Strat and blend in with the electric blues-rock SRV wannabes. The electric sounds on this album come from lap steels and amplified acoustics of several varieties. The most striking thing about this album, though, is that it reveals a strong Tom Waits influence. Lang has long been a fan of Waits, and he even covers Waits' songs in concerts. On this album, Lang includes the kind of clunky percussion and odd sounds that have been Waits' trademark (other than his voice) since Swordfishtrombones. That makes for an unsettling album in some ways, but a deeply moving one that is probably closer to the true spirit of the blues than almost any of Lang's other albums. This is essential for any Lang fan. It is particularly important, though, that you make sure to get a version of the album that comes with a live bonus disc. If you don't get that version, you will miss out on some great material, including a cover of Waits' Big In Japan.