I'll be honest. I didn't know what to expect. I don't know the work of this artist, and I am wary of rock when described as alternative. And, while I'm glad I bought the album, be forewarned: Don't listen to this alone. In fact, don't listen to this if you are having a bad day.
But on rainy days, or snowy nights, this is your album. It can warm you up. And you don't want to be alone. Stylistically, this is a difficult album to categorize. That's not a bad thing, merely and observation. I hear elements of early jazz, album rock, and, of course, blues.
"The Man I Keep Hid" is haunting and reminds me of the blues, but only in passing. I liked "Death To The Storm" so much, I listened to it twice on the first listen. It's one of my favorites on this album. I also liked "All Blues Hail Mary," on the strength of the music and lyrics. "Progress of Love" is a nice little three-four song, a true rarity outside of country and folk. It works well for this album. "Suit On A Frame" is the closest thing to a rock style song, and only just barely. This is probably my second favorite track The styling reminds me of Sting. "Truce" is a wonderful song about life's contradictions and how to get through them; wise advice in any event. For what it's worth, "Stars" is also a good listen and a strong finish to a very interesting album.
This isn't my usual cup of tea. But I liked it very much.