From the heavily Scots accented count in at the beginning of the album, to the superb emotional duet with Mavis Staples, this includes all the great JM trademarks; humour, emotion; gruffness; tenderness; smoke; whiskey.... as another writer said, great late night music. Witness the sublime jazzy sax driven'My Creator' and the fabulous acoustic groove of 'One for the Road' This is the Sound of John taking his time, 'going down easy' to make one of the most sublime 'songwriter albums of this Millenium. Unlike the patchy work of recent 'craftsmen' Neil Young and Bob Dylan, this is flawless. Great songs, great playing, great album. Strangely John never played much of this live, and having spoken with his Bass player, Alan Thompson, who siad that he thought this wasn't one of John's favourite albums...Can't think why!! For me it is easily on a par with his greatest work, Solid Air and One World!