When people talk about Mark Eitzel, AMC frontman and now solo artist, it's not long before they're talking about either the words or the voice. Here, both are showcased to the absolute max as the album staggers punch drunk from tale to tale. Gratitude Walks sets the tone for the whole collection as Eitzel turns himself inside out searching for the answers to his predicament. I've Been A Mess has to be another highlight, with the band's twisted take on the rising of Lazarus as a metaphor for that love that left but continues to torture the mind. Apology For An Accident is another fine storyline, the music ebbing and flowing with the sentiment but always remaining distinctly "late night". A token epic amongst the subdued fables of love lost comes Johnny Mathis' Feet, the black humour of Eitzel asking the Vegas showman for life saving advice and finding himself pitied and sympathised with in equal measure. It's an album that needs listening to and a classic "grower" but somehow when the quality of songs is as high as these, it's an altogether richer and more satisfying experience for it.