I've said it before, and I'll say it again here: Willy De Ville never made enough records. However, this one, from 1999, is an almost routinely excellent affair. Because it's on East West, it benefits from a decent recording budget, and De Ville responds with a bravura set of performances, vocally and lyrically, and the mixture of originals and covers is never less than superb. He thoroughly re-invents the hoary old Searchers chestnut, 'Needles And Pins' with something far darker. The Gospel / Blues stomp of Mississippi Fred McDowell's 'Goin' Over The Hill' is equally stirring, and the calypso-flavoured 'the Downing of The Flamingo', a story-song, is delightful. 'Bacon Fat' is a sleazy, bluesy old school R&B slow smoker, too. The production, by Jim Dickinson, allows De Ville to shine without stepping all over him. A fine record, arguably one of his best. Check it out.