I requested this album for christmas 2009, and my good ole pops didn't fail. Having heard several of John Smiths songs on his my space page, I simply had to have this album. I can honestly say that I have not stopped listening to it since opening it on chrsitmas day.
The album opener is thought provoking, the second song- Hands- is an exercise in guitar virtuosity and as a guitar player myself, I can honestly say the tunings and picking brilliance displayed throughout the album is second only to the likes of Tommy Emmanuel.
Axe mountain is a thundering tale of loss and revenge, whilst the slower- slide riddled 'Oliver' brings the listener back down to terra firmer. Watch her die, my personal favourite, stomps with an almost Ye Olde English vibe, mixed with an alomost southern state americana that makes one think of swamps, houses on stilts and baking crome.
Death and the lady, another highlight of the album, is a rework of an ole english folk song. Its intesity is matched only by the subtle, penetrating guitar tones and melodies.
A top album, plenty of miles in this one!