First time reviewer, and I realise that in general people are more likely to review albums which they like - hence all the 5 stars on this site- often giving an overly distorted representation. But hey ho I feel utterly compelled to enthuse about this album in print anyway.
Needless to say it is fantastic. It immediately breached my top 10 albums ever (come on you have a hypothetical top 10 right). Straight in amongst Dylans Blood on the tracks and Blonde on Blonde, Van Morrisons Veedon Fleece, Tom Waits Nighthawks at the Diner, Marlena Shaw's Spice of Life, Blackalicous Nia etc etc (NB:I am not trying to compare any of the above to "Transfiguration")
The album is almost perfect in everyway. The change's in tempo are subtle and compelling. His voice is fantastic and has great range, the guitar playing is delectable throughout and the production effortless.
In terms of the actual songs "Vincent O Brien" rocks, with a great chorus and delicate piano lick, "Sad, sad song" is Tom Waitsesque but more accessible then for instance Bone Machine, "Undertaker" is a delicate folk song with a beautiful falsetto, "Outta my Head" is simply beautiful melody backed with some inventive effects, "Involuntary" is in the vein of "Undertaker" but even more beautiful, "Helicopter" would go down brilliantly with anyone who likes Bright Eyes, because my freinds you will have found a new hero. My personal favourite at the moment is "Poor Boy, Minor Key" which starts with a Billie Holiday esque Piano line before building in to a fantastic blues number. And theres more the rest of the album is fantastic as well. If you doubt any of what I am saying I suggest you sample a couple of tracks on line before buying.