This is not an outing that takes one by storm: on first listening there are maybe three or four tracks that stand out, and it's in the nature of these things that what works for you may be different for me. This is one of those albums that grows on me with pretty much every listening, always the hallmark of good material in my experience. When I say that some of the songs put me in mind of late Dylan - "Time Out of Mind", Modern Times" - it isn't a criticism, rather, it's a measure of how good a writer Hiatt is. I'm not qualified to comment on the production issues, instead it's the quality of both the writing, Hiatts delivery and the band's support that make this such a fine record. Is this perhaps more autobiographical than his previous work? Certainly he's at that age when one can look back and remember, some you won, some you lost; for me there is overall, a certain elegiac quality about this album, that many of us can relate to - and that's part of it's strength too.