Much has been said about the pedigree of the musicians involved with this project. It's not important. What IS important is the quality of the music because it is absolutely first class.
This is an organic, diverse collection bursting with old-school swagger and groove. This is the sound of a bunch of guys just doing what they love doing - plugging-in and seeing where the sparks land.
Matt Deighton has never sounded better. There is genuine soul in everything he does but his new compadres bring out the very best in a criminally underrated talent. This is most definitely a great 'band' at work, getting the chemistry right and getting the best out of everyone involved.
Having said that, all Matt's trademarks are present; the intricate, fluid acoustics; the loose but focused riffing; that warm, yearning voice. 'Washed Away' and 'Overshadowed' could have come from any of his fine solo albums but are bolstered here by beefier, superior arrangements and the input of his new team mates. He throws us welcome surprises too; rocking out on 'Give Up Your Tears', the understated opening of the anthemic 'For Free' and the ragged, urban psychedelics of 'Broken Windows'.
This record is going to sound phenomenal in the right venue. Hell, this will sound phenomenal in ANY venue. Here's looking forward to the tour AND the next album.