If you want a comprehensive review of this album read the other reviews (which seem extensive!) I checked this out being a big fan of the backing band - Okkervil River. I know little of Roky's music, so cannot judge it by his standards or by his fans expectations. However, if such classic tracks as 'Goodbye Sweet Dreams', the driving power of 'John Lawman' and the gorgeous, melt in the mouth, 'Forever' reflect his other output, I could have a hefty shopping trip in store!
Okkervil River provide superb, often understated, sweeping and grand colour to support Roky's weary lovelorn vocal. There is a wide variety of styles on display here, and an obvious affinity between the two parties (Okkervil River, I believe, have been supporting Roky in concerts recently).
As I have stated, I can't offer any great insights into the lyrics and feelings that Roky's fans might have on this return. To me, though, the quality of many tracks on this album justify its five star rating. Well worth the money!