Someone has to provide a counter argument to the frankly pathetic one-star review (by someone who cannot even spell the artist's name correctly). So, whether or not any listener prefers this album to any of Mulatu's previous works is basically irrelevant - there is no way this album can be rated one star! Mulatu is a consummate artist who continues to craft beautiful music in his own unique and untouchable way. His Step Ahead band are chosen from amongst London's finest jazz musicians. Mulatu deserves every respect and this new album is well worth getting, for existing fans and new.