Absolutely wonderful! The great balladeer returns!
Bob Dunkin | Colorado | 06/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How sweet it is to know that the outstanding quality of his previous album, "Higher Ground", was not just a fluke! Our favorite singer really has come back! This album rates as his best work since "I Want To Live". There's a comfortable flow here, from one great song to another.
The title track nas a mellowness reminiscent of "My Sweet Lady" and "This Old Guitar." There are two charming ballads of gratitude and romance, called "Thanks To You" and "The Gift You Are." Political commentary is also represented in fine form, with "Raven's Child" and "Stonehaven Sunset." "High, Wide & Handsome" is a playful little western number with some great dobro licks. But my favorite is a brilliantly soaring wildlife piece called "Eagles & Horses". As you listen, you get a panoramic vision of wide-open wilderness, where eagles race with horses in blissful abandon, filled with the exuberance of freedom.
John's peerless gift for celebrating the splendor of nature is as strong as ever! Add to that the touching romance, the social admonition, the stylish production work, and the splendid musicianship, and you have a truly beautiful album. Perfect for anytime, anywhere."
One of JD's best albums!!
learjetpilot | New England | 09/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a GREAT album for the JD fan, especially like "A little further north" you can see his need to get away for quiet and peace, and you feel that you can see him where he sings about...and "I see you sleeping" makes me think of when Jesse Belle was born, the words fit perfectly.
"Horses and Eagles" has always been one of my favorites and this version is AWESOME, the music background he did in this one, REALLY brings forth his talent. A MUST album for anyone who loves JD's music!!!!"