The opening 'Holy Day' sets the tone nicely against a calming backdrop of acoustic guitar and reverberating harmonies and although 'The Trees They Do Grow High' is based on an ancient folk song, there is no mistaking the unique inprint Fowler's voice and style brings to the track. And although there isn't an electric guitar in sight, the vitality of the melodies make up for the lack of the usual full band instrumention. The wonderfully tender 'Sweetest Words' is a classic Fowler ballad that stands as one of the finest moments he's ever put to record, topped off with a simple and instantly memorable chorus. The stunning waltz of 'Last Train But One' is another highlight, bearing the same sort of stripped back mystery that characterised a lot of the classic OCS B sides of the 'Moseley Shoals' era. It's also at this point that we're reminded what an incredible vocalist Mr Fowler is. (...)
The brooding 'Prometheus' is another textbook example of quality songwriting, and like much of the record comes complete with a fantastic arrangement...'The Stolen Child' is different, since it could easily have been written many years ago as a traditional folk song.
'The Shadow Knows' and 'Over My Head' are also some of his best works yet, so delicately beautiful that you wonder if Fowler's been saving up his best songs for this solo outing rather than using them on OCS albums. 'Mr Marshall' arrives with an utterly charming flute and guitar arrangement as Fowler and Sealey share vocal duties, while the closing 'First Rites Of Spring' ends the album in an alluringly subtle fashion, delivering a short, heartfelt parting gesture that closes this lovely album, and despite it's brief length makes it sound satisfyingly complete.