Best described as an odd blend of 'faux late Elizabethan and faux Regency' music. It's very refined and with Paul often seeming to sing about an octave above where he feels comfortable. One or two songs (eg: 'Virtue' and 'In praise of a beggar's life') almost have the feel of mini-opera in the way the stories are told). There is also a lot of small-orchestra accompaniment
Many folks know Paul Brett for his highly accomplished 12 string guitar work or his bluesy singing or his heavier music with 'Sage'. This is utterly different ..... laid back, gentle, a bit 'wafty' at times and in places I'm afraid to say, almost ambient.
I bought this because I admire Paul's playing and the cover illustration certainly suggests that there will be a goodly amount of his 6 and 12 string artistry in front of the overall mix. There IS some - but on the whole, the high registers in which Paul sings tends to wear your interest away. Well, it did for me anyway, and that's all I can really respond to. Perhaps the best example of Paul's guitar playing and composition skills can be heard in the 10th track ('The compleat angler'). Unfortunately that is followed by a track in which Paul almost seems to strangle himself in the opening bars as he struggles for notes he can't really sing cleanly enough ('The angler's wish').
On balance then - 3 stars and a rating of 'It's OK'
Now if only he would release some of his folk and blues playing and singing of the type and style that features in many of his Youtube demos and reviews of guitars. Try, for instance, the uploads which feature two particular JHS Vintage guitars. 'The Compleat Angler' is an utterly different sort of music. For some it will be a fine catch, for others it will sink without trace.