I picked up this disc at Jake's show, a week ahead of the official release. All I can say is: wow. This is a POWERHOUSE album.
There's a greater range of sounds this time, with some tracks using a limited instrumentation (and highlighting Jake's own excellent guitar playing). Jake's songwriting has always been amazing, but it's evolved by leaps and bounds... the songs on Quicksand are absolutely scintillating, both melodically and lyrically. As ever, it's music that refuses to be pigeon-holed, running a range through blues, rockabilly, jazz and hard rock... sometimes combining all of them in one song. Think Cab Calloway meets Jim Morrison... and you'll still fall short.
If you haven't tried Big Rude Jake yet, this is the place to start. Do NOT hesitate. If you like jazzy, infectious, intelligent music, you simply won't do any better. Be there first, before the rest of the world discovers this guy.
Now if only Jake would release a live album...