The approach of alternating Kauffman and Caboor's songs works to prevent the album becoming too samey, yet it remains a cohesive listen. Kauffman has the more tormented songs - the late night piano of Life And Times On The Beach just escapes being a complete wallow by morphing into an REM-style strum, climaxing with the line "what I need to end it all is right... within my reach", complete with dramatic pause. Gulp. Caboor doesn't necessarily lighten things up, the lengthy Backwoods is a brilliantly haunted bluesy strum where he sounds every bit as desperate as his partner in the mire. Their joint effort, Midnight Willie is a wonderfully empathetic song about a downtrodden down-and-out.
Later, Where's The Understanding is a little too close to Bob Dylan's It's Alright Ma for comfort. However they end the album on what seems like a hopeful note on One More Day. Well, hopeful in a Nick Drake, Bryter Later kind of way. You can almost hear the sun peeking through the guitar picking. The album is a timeless collection of dark, torch songs which, if you like that sort of thing, you ought to get your hands on it.