This album is terrific! - I bought the CD directly from the artist, having heard some of the tracks played live at one of her recent gigs - I reckon it features some of Elaine's and Kindred Spirit's strongest songs to date. The opener 'KINDRED SPIRIT' is a wonderfully haunting and poignant song evoking sounds that carry you away to foreign climes. Elaine's vocal is tremendous and draws you into the hypnotically mysterious world she has created. The interplay between Gavin Jones (Violin) and Catherine Dimmock (flute) is mesmeric and adds so much to each of Elaine's compositions. Elaine's music on this album seems to span across so many genre - folk / pop / rock / prog - and in 'FEED THE FIRE', Elaine and Kindred Spirit have gone heavy metal! A very surprising track but I must admit it has a great hook and some virtuoso playing which I'm certain some metal fans would find really impressive! There are some very accessible pop songs - such as 'LIFE IS A CIRCUS', 'LET"S BE HAPPY' and 'BEAUTIFUL DAY' as well as some excellent longer songs such as 'LET THE MUSIC SET YOU FREE', IT'S NOT TOO LATE' and of course the last track 'THE PHOENIX' (another of my favourites). The arrangements are superb, allowing for each of the band's musicality to shine but, at the same time, enhancing every song. And if that's not enough, Elaine has Les Binks - yes THE Les Binks from Judas Priest - playing drums on some of her tracks. Her band is simply choc-full of talented musicians and Elaine and the producer, Jez Larder, have brought out the best in them to serve the songs. The album was produced by Jez Larder of Skyline Studios - and to my ears, he's done a first class job! I even like the artwork - which Elaine and her son Peter created - are their no limits to the woman's talents?! This is a must buy album - I'm going to buy some more copies as presents for some of my more musically appreciative friends!