"Being an honest and empathetic bloke in no way guarantees the capacity for writing honest and empathetic songs. But in Joe Solo, thankfully, the two are inextricably linked. When he says to me, 'I write like I speak', it's not a disingenuous avowal. This album proves it.
Pared back so far that the bones are visible, it allows what is at once a charming but darkly rooted voice, sometimes met with subtle harmonies, to delve into a collection of moving and well-observed pieces, which in some cases will live with me for a long time. It's like being addressed in some quiet corner by a man full of poignant political conviction and a deep sense of the current of history running before and around him, in such a way that your attention rarely strays.
The delicate paradox involved here is that, apart from the odd wander into the sentimental or repetitive, the more the journey seems musically or lyrically predictable, the further it takes you from the expected, through sheer presence and commitment. This is a natural songwriter's gift. Joe Solo is a natural character. It is his strength. I'm glad he knows it"