- Released: May 3, 1994
- Label: Watermelon
Q - 12/94, p.1363 Stars
- Good - "...the texture of Matthews's songs lingers on long after the underlying sensibility of the songs has wormed its way into the brain..."
Sing Out! - 11-12/94-1/95, p.170
"...the best recording he's ever done...Matthews makes his mark as an important songwriter, well worth paying attention to..."
- 1.I Drove
- 2.Girl With the Clouds in Her Eyes
- 3.Ballad of Cruene Hall
- 4.Tigers Will Survive (Pt. II, Darcy's Song)
- 5.The Breath of Life
- 6.Save Her Love
- 7.For Better or Worse
- 8.Davey's Stung
- 9.Morning Glory
- 10.In London
- 11.This Is It
- 12.Rooted to the Spot
- 13.The Dark Ride
Personnel: Iain Matthews (vocals, acoustic guitar); Michael Fracasso, Bradley Kopp (acoustic guitar); Robert McEntee (dobro, acoustic & electric slide guitar); Mark Hallman (harmonica, piano, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer, percussion, tabla, guitar, bass, drums, background vocals); Mark Griffiths (bass, fretless bass, mandolin, guitar); Steve Meador, Rafael Gayol (drums); Darcy Matthews (background vocals).
Recorded at Congress House Studio, Austin, Texas from February to April, 1994.
Personnel: Ian Matthews (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Iain Hallman (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, tambourine, percussion); Kris McKay, Sara Hickman (vocals); Michael Fracasso, Bradley Kopp (guitar, acoustic guitar); Mark Griffiths (guitar, mandolin, fretless bass); Robert McEntee (acoustic guitar, slide guitar, dobro); Mark Hallman (electric guitar, harmonica, piano, organ, tabla, tambourine, percussion); Steve Meador, Rafael Gayol (drums).
Recording information: Congress House Studio, Austin, TX (02/1994-04/1994).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Kris McKay; Michael Fracasso; Sara Hickman.
Recorded in his adopted home of Austin in the mid-1990s, this set shows that the British folk-rock singer-songwriter Iain Matthews hasn't strayed far from his folk roots in the decades since his first success with Matthews' Southern Comfort in the early '70s. Tracks like the folk-pop "I Drove" and his duet with Sarah Hickman on "Morning Glory" display a finely honed sense of songcraft, while the mostly acoustic backing is understated and sensitive.