We have to mention the album's glorious centrepiece, 'Sinstrumental', where Eason takes his admiration for The Allman Brothers Band, specifically the melodic guitar of Dickey Betts, and, with all the lead parts recorded in a studio jamming session, produces an instrumental of breath-taking craftsmanship. Let's also take in the radio-friendly 'Would You Miss Me', with Helen Evans' gracefully wistful vocals the emotional heart of this melancholic acoustic / country musing.
But, really, all is here. The let-loose slide-guitar bar room rock of 'Serious Drinking Night Cap' and 'Serious Drinking Night', traditional country tune and charm of 'Here In My Heart', Eason's musical adaption of Robert Browning's dramatic romance 'Mesmerism', and the jazzy instrumental 'Kind of Weird' where every single contributor to the album gets his or her moment to shine. So, we've got an album that touches many bases – always with the same deft touch and a consistency of vision. A real melting pot of themes and styles but absolutely delivered in such a slick and stylish manner that the flow of influences is smooth and rewarding. No clichés here, just a totally engaging listen."