If any modern day album defines raw unadulterated ‘pure country’ music it has to be this tremendous debut by Jimmy Swope. The songs are excellent as are the arrangements and playing, with the sound including plenty of twang and steel guitar but Jimmy’s raw, expressive vocals are what hardens the music and gives it a believable edginess. Every song, including the Kris Kristofferson cover, is excellent but The Wolf is a lengthy and extraordinary epic murder/suicde ballad. A tremendous album that is a million miles above some of the characterless music often dished up as country music. This review is by Mike Morrisom @ American Roots UK.