Long ago I gave up buying albums by guitarists. But hearing two tracks from this album - "Count the Chickens," a concise, energetic rocker, and "Winter Snowscapes," a beautiful, melodic piece - convinced me to give it a go. And I was not disappointed. Barre consistently delivers melodic compositions with emotional content. He's not just playing to prove he can. The songs are quite varied stylistically, including rock, classical, and jazz influences, but Barre puts a unique touch on each one. The supporting players deserve credit, too. Two of Barre's Jethro Tull bandmates play on this album: Jonathan Noyce, bass, and Andrew Giddings, keyboards (but it really doesn't sound like a Jethro Tull album). Noyce's bass work deserves special mention. He has referred to himself as a "stealth" bass player, and that's well represented on this album. It's the kind of bass playing that you're rarely conscious of, unless you listen for it, but if it's taken out, you miss it.
Barre has delivered a terrific CD, not to be missed.