Papa M's earlier work seemed a little unininspired, Live From a Shark Cage had some great melodies but it was more or less just noodling. 'Sings' sounded like Pajo was struggling to find his feet, an indie/experimental rocker basically trying his hand at folk in a genre exercise. Somewhere between that EP and this album though, Pajo must have aged about 50 years and walked down an awful lot of dusty roads, because now he sounds like the real deal. To be honest, I wasn't expecting as much from this album as it ended up providing. I read some reviews and was expecting a skillful 'alt-country' style album, but Papa M really ends up adding quite a lot to the genre, and manages to sound unique. The occasional piece of quirky or self-referential humour, for instance the jokey title, and that infamous couplet on 'sorrow reigns' really only add to the authenticity of the album; it's not pretending to be ye olde dusty folk-rock, it's just the music that Dave Pajo wants to play, and he plays it with feeling, honesty, and skill. Highlights are Beloved Woman, Sorrow Reigns, Krusty, Purple Eyelid, and the closer 'Northwest Passage,' an update on the timeless and beautiful melody Pajo apparently stumbled over by accident, and used in the 'Arundel' tracks on the previous album. Very highly recommended.