Very encouraging, especially after the leaden "Night Music." This is a modern song cycle, based on the seven deadly sins; Joe's strong melodies are back, the arrangements are much improved, the guest vocals for the most part are well selected, and the idea behind the whole project is quite original. There's gluttony ("More is More"), lust ("Angel", embodied by Suzanne Vega, who I love, but she certainly seems uncomfortable in the guise of a hooker), greed ("Tuzla"--wonderful/horrible depiction of foreign civil war), sloth ("A Bud and a Slice", sung appropriately deadpan by the guy from Crash Test Dummies), anger ("Right", where that old Jackson bile comes back with a vengeance), envy ("The Bridge"--utterly gorgeous with Jane Siberry singing lead), and pride ("Song of Daedalus", which brings this to a fitting end). This is so well conceived from beginning to end. It's unfortunate that probably a lot of people who would appreciate this (classical music lovers?) will not be aware of it. It could easily be performed in a concert hall--there was a wonderful example of that on "Sessions on West 57th" on PBS, with Joe and most everyone else involved, I believe. Very worthwhile; with this, Joe has made the transition to a more "adult" music, if you will.