What i've always liked about Neal Casal is that when you get his new albums, you know that it will not be led by, musically speaking, trends and the latest fashions. 'Sweeten The Distance' is no exception, where he's in his finest alt-country mode. I was a bit critical of his previous album 'Roots & Wings', itself a fair record, for being too pleasant. He's back to his best on 'Sweeten The Distance', which has an edge about it and more variety. It's a fairly mid-paced collection of folk/country songs,but well broken up by a few electric guitar led numbers. There really isn't a weak moment, and my own favourites at this time are the title track 'Sweeten The Distance', 'Bird With No Name', 'Let It All Begin' and 'So Many Enemies'. In a parallel universe Neal Casal would be an absolute superstar, but as we're not, i can only hope that people will discover for themselves just how good he is. 'Sweeten The Distance' only re-affirms what i've long known and would also be a great album for anyone just getting into Neal Casal.