The Cowboy Junkies have been a favorite group of mine since the 1980's. They have always stood for excellence in writing, performance, and production. They developed their own sound and presence, have changed it some over the years, and have remained fresh, relevant, and essential. Their work is accessible by casual and devoted fans alike. The Trinity Sessions is essential. Lay It Down is exceptional, and Long Journey Home with DVD is awesome (access Good Friday on this).
Now for The Nomad Series, developed beginning in 2008. The band keeps their roots while exploring exciting new themes in writing and production. For example, Renmin Park was inspired by Michael's experience in China. Demons are the band's cover of significant Vic Chesnutt (RIP) compositions. Sing In My Meadow a somewhat impromptu session of acid-blues (their term). Wilderness inspired by the sensation of being lost in the many wildernesses of our lives.
One issue that strikes me while enjoying this set is the permanence of the band. They've been together since the beginning, and I wonder if The Nomad Series could have been possible without that longevity.
This is a great set of albums, worthy of your consideration. I'm sure glad I purchased it.
Some reviewers have dissed the packaging. My observation is that the booklet is better than the individual cd's (I own 3-of-4) in that the graphics are first-rate. I like the style of the disc storage. (5) CD's can be stored in a space of (2) jewel cases. Just don't remove the tape on the side of the cd trays that hold them secure.