Saw Richard James last night in Cardiff and bought the CD from a table at the back, along with plenty of other people (sorry Amazon, but I couldn't wait). His band was excellent, but the star of the show, by a mile, was Richard himself, with some transfixing finger picked guitar and songs ranging from delicate, gentle folk-influenced gems to slide electric thumpers. Tir a mor is wonderful, with a descending electric note overlaying the acoustic progression. It sounds like struck glass and adds a sense of the ethereal. Wanna see you die, by contrast, is a sky rocket of a blues number that shows just how talented James is. You just don't often find albums that span such a variety of sounds, and yet fit perfectly in place together. Really, honestly, if anyone has any sense, this album ought to be marketed to the hilt. It is so much better than all the assorted Grays and Rice's that sell so many copies. So much cooler, too.