How this guy isn't more famous, I'll never know. This is a near-perfect album of sentimental ballads, beautiful soaring melodies, sumptuous instrumentation & wonderful musicianship and is arguably the Canadian songsmith's finest collection to date. It opens very strongly with the excellent and thoughtful Hands Of Time, is followed by the tender Snow Angel and the gently catchy All In Good Time, giving the album an immediate impact. Never Give Up is a delicate acoustic love song, which is perfectly balanced out by the shimmering, medium tempo I Think We're Lost which boasts music that Paul McCartney himself would have been proud to compose.
Track six, Reason For Our Love, is one of the album's many highlights. A beautiful, stately love song, perfectly accompanied by a sumptuously picked acoustic guitar and a gentle shuffle on the drum kit. Cold Hearted Wind starts like a Nick Drake classic and develops into a soft country-influenced piece which thoroughly delights. The excellent Jazz At The Bookstore introduces itself as a song with an early 90s Elvis Costello influence and, produced by Mitchell Froom, there's perhaps a good reason why.
A jaunty electric piano announces track nine, Ship Of Fools, and it transpires to be a toe-tapping, melodic, good-natured but wry look at life. Next up is The Grim Trucker, a McCartney-esque classic which could have come straight from Ram. The album is completed by the very pleasant Some Dusty Things and the stunning And Now The Day Is Done, a song so touching, it bring tears to my eyes - and may just be the song I`d like played at my funeral. This is a sensational album - mature, dignified, intelligent, human and full of love, loss and humour. Not just simply one of the best albums of the year, but is one of the best ever.