For those who followed The Immaculate Fools through their often hard-to-find recorded output, this album will come as a huge welcome back. To me The Fools ended on a bitter note, their final album Kiss and Punch soaked in a bitterness and bleakness that seemed hard to break into. Years later finds us hearing what sounds like a different, gently uplifting story. Reading the bio for the album, I wasn't sure what to expect and I approached this with slight trepidation. Oh, how my fears were ungrounded. Everything you want is here: the plainly confessional truth with hints of irony and self-effacing humour in the storytelling, the unabashedly raw guitar work, those trademark vocals and heartbreaking chord-changes just at the right time. To me there is more than a passing nod to Nick Cave, certainly more accessible than Tom Waits or Lenard Cohen, but you see the way Ray's leaning. Still there's enough of the Fools in here and less of the Delta Blues than I was expecting. It's great and Miles Hunt and his friends have done a fine job of bringing out the best in Ray. I hope we don't have to wait another 14 years for the follow-up. Great work Ray, I love it when my heroes come through!