Released in 1996, this CD definitively answers a question that has occasionally plagued the Cowboy Junkies
: yes, they sound good, but can they rock? Though still laden with the melancholia that has marked previous efforts, this CD is sonically dense, guitar-drenched, and good at high-volume levels. Margo Timmins
' voice has never been more expressive, and the lyrics shimmer with intensity. Although the band has occasionally touched on quiet moments reminiscent of fellow Canadian Neil Young
, little they have done before this album approached the emotive wail of his louder efforts. The Cowboy Junkies
have proven their versatility while retaining their unique sound.