It's difficult to see why Almo Records have let this one go out of print, unless they're planning to re-release it with her first album 'Revival' as a double-album. You should own both if you like this school of music. Gillian Welch is a trained musician, who met her partner-in-music guitar player David Rawlings on the course. Together they make an affectingly truthful version of country music, which is true to tradition without being museum-bound. The songwriting is first-class, and (unsurprisingly) the musicianship complements and serves the work skilfully without advertising itself. Opener 'Caleb Meyer' is the most catchy track: a very distinctive take on the 'murder ballad' tradition. In truth, all the songs are strong, from 'In A Hole' (featuring what Welch described as her attempt to write the 'dumbest chorus possible') to the rockabilly raunch of 'Honey Now' (done and dusted in under 2 minutes - no shame in the odd quickie). There is enough range and quality here to hold the attention. There is very little sugar on Gillian Welch's music. If you 'don't do bleak', you will not enjoy this (but if you don't, chances are you won't be in this bit of the website). There is a strong quality to the music and an intensity (as with the best country) which winds up somewhere between spiritual and devotional. If I've made it sound like a hard listen, I've done it no favours: it isn't. She and David Rawlings are also unbelievably good live. Try it (when they re-issue it). You shouldn't be disappointed.