For those who enjoy instrumental guitar albums, this album deserves a place in their collections. I can't quite give it five stars because Barre has indeed assembled a delectable assortment of riffs and tonal variations which will make the listener nod in appreciation - however, riffs and killer tones cannot in themselves assure great songs. However, the excellence of so many other things makes the CD warrant four stars. The recording is great, the afore-mentioned variety of sounds (acoustic and electric) is superb, and Barre has pulled out all stops to offer a little bit of everything. Does it always work? Not in my opinion . . . but when it does, the results are excellent. "Spanish Tears" features a beautiful interplay between steel-string Latin romance and Satriani-like electric chops that come together perfectly. "Murphy's Paw" has some great riffs, and "Favourite Things" features the very thing that I think is missing in some of the other fusion experiments - strong melody. The guy's playing cannot be faulted - he has not allowed himself to be confined to the Tull sound alone; neither has he remained in a 70's guitar stagnation. He weaves comfortably around a musical tapestry of acoustic beauty and electric vitality while delighting the listener with touches of classical and jazz influences in addition to the blues-based rock playing that he so humbly claims as his primary forte. I guess the only thing that keeps me from giving the CD five stars is that, though every song has superb playing, the tasty licks and modal phrases sometimes crowd out the melodic aspect which I think is Barre's real strength. There's even a Tull-like rocker in here called "Don't Say a Word" which neatly finishes the album as a pleasantly unexpected vocal offering. Jethro Tull fan or not (which I am, by the way), you'll find way more to like about this album than not.