Like other reviewers, I was initially disappointed with Outlaw: it lacks the easy hooks of previous Alabama 3 albums, and although it isn't up there with La Peste or Exile, its matured into something much more substantial with some truly memorable tracks.
The lazy, twangy charms and scrapey, hillbilly moonshine strings of Terra Firma Cowboy Blues will have you singing it for weeks afterwards, whether you like it or not.
Up Above My Head is an irresistable combination of Run DMC style hip-hop beats and hand-waving evangelical chorus complete with gospel choir: 'Rock and Roll, save my soul'? Amen to that!
The one track on this album I originally disliked is now a favourite: unashamedly poppy, 'How Can I Protect You' has one of the most celebratory, anthemic choruses I've ever heard. Simlarly, I disliked the slower, soulful 'Honey In the Rock' but ironically, this is another one of those tracks that I find myself belting out tunelessly in the shower.
This album should satisfy die-hard fans and the uninitiated in equal measure and the Reverend D Love Wayne may just have added a few more followers to his expanding flock.