Garland's long-awaited 2011 comeback album, "The King of In Between" was well received by critics and fans. Perhaps he decided to strike again while the creative iron was still burning hot and here he is, back with "Truth Serum", sounding simultaneously fresh and familiar. The voice is unmistakeable and its power and fluidity belie the 40 or so years in the business, let alone the recent 70th birthday. The album's sound is clear and unmuddled, featuring, as always, many top-flight musicians including Larry Campbell, Duke Levine, Steve Jordan and Brian Mitchell, with James Maddock helping out with production duties and background vocals. But what sets Garland Jeffreys apart is his ability to move easily from genre to genre. The album opens with the hard bluesy title track and quickly moves through folk-rock, moody ballads and the reggae rhythm of "Dragons to Slay". Some tracks, such as the hard-edged "Collide the Generations" and the beautifully-layered "Far Far Away",are not so easily characterized. And even if this album does not contain any of the huge rock anthems of bygone years, such as "Wild in the Streets" or "R.O.C.K." or epic story/songs, such as "Spanish Town" or "Mystery Kids", all ten tracks are standouts. This album is less "New York-centric" than its predecessor, but Garland, a proud native New Yorker, continues to sing about the imperfect world that he sees and his aspirations for understanding, rapprochement and reconciliation amongst families, the generations and the races.