I, like many other fellow Tickheads, started listening because of 'War Elephant'; John McCauley's superb solo effort debut. I've been drunk with Deer Tick more times that I can remember now, at the Met, Newport Blues Cafe, New Year's Eve at the Brooklyn Bowl to name a few - the live performances that have left my voice nearly as raw as McCauley's because, well, you don't know how easy it is. Well I'm drunk now and can't remember where I was going with this so let me end this now; what John McCauley originally defined Deer tick as with 'War Elephant', he's done so again, but with the full band in tow. His songwriting has never wavered, but his life obviously has. And while he's not be able to convey the time in his life when drugs and alcohol dominated via music as well as others (divine providence - you still represent an important part of DT's catalog, so don't get so down on yourself), McCauley nails it here writing about life..things that matter.