Recordings

Although the album is not without its flaws (the monotonous shuffle of "Don't Ask Me Why" being the main one), Robinson's phrasing and rich vocal delivery seem to save it at every turn, even breathing new life into the country cliches of "The Lonely One" and "Two Candles."

Although the album has a number of effective musical contributions (most notably the steel guitar of former Buckaroo Tom Brumley), its strongest moments feature Robinson alone with just his guitar. His tar-and-whiskey vocals speak volumes on the intentionally underproduced "Psychic Friend"--which sounds as if it were recorded in an empty, darkened room somewhere.

Curiously, the haunting title track appears as a hidden cut after the last song. With assistance from former dB and current Continental Drifter Peter Holsapple on harmonium, Robinson's evocative ode to the unchanging nature of his cultural roots provides a fitting end to an album that's full of as much Southern soul as country bounce.

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