I really liked Joan?s last album "How Sweet It Is" which was a cool cover-album with tasteful arrangements and clever choice of songs that suited her voice and character very well. Now she?s back with a "real" album where it?s more or less only new written material and I must say that I am a little dissapointed. She?s looking at a more americana/light country album this time and the soul-touch she used to have is more or less gone this time. And perhaps it is for that reason the album doesn?t grab my heart as much as I wanted. It sounds a little tired and where Bonnie Raitt manage to get intimate, Joan is just scratching on the surface. There are a couple of tracks on this album that is worth menthioning though... Second out "Brokedown Palace" is a beautiful piece and "What Are You" is also a beautiful piece of work. But all in all - an inbetween album from a normally better artist. At least if you ask me.
When "Stairway To Heaven" is played backwards, you can hear the phrase "oh here´s to my sweet satan..the one who´s little path would make me sad, whose power is satan..he´ll give you give you 666 there was a little toolshed where he would make us suffer, sad in the part of "if there´s a bustle..."