Entertainment Weekly - No. 847, p.87
"...This is the comeback event of 2005...." - Grade: A-
Personnel: Bobby Bare (vocals); Dennis Wilson , The Jeannie Bare Kids Choir (vocals); G Daddy, John Henry Jackson, John Jackson, G-Daddy, Chris Masterson (guitar); Pete Finney (steel guitar); David Steele (mandolin); Erin Hugely (cello); Doug Moffet (reeds, brass); Dennis Crouch, Mike Doster (bass instrument); Ben Martin (drums); Gary Kubal (percussion); Bobby Bare, Jr. (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards); Cindy Walker, Gordon Mote, Carey Kotsionis, Carol Anderson (vocals); Mark Nevers (guitar, piano, keyboards); Paul Burch (guitar, vibraphone, drums); Kenny Vaughn, William Tyler (guitar); Andrew Bird (violin); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Barry Green, Steve Patrick (brass); Tony Crow (piano, keyboards); Brian Kotzur (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mark Nevers.
Recording information: The Beach House Recording Megaplex.
Editors: Matt Rovey; John Kelton.
Photographer: Alan Messer.
Arranger: Lloyd Barry.
Veteran country singer Bobby Bare's return to solo recording after a 20-year hiatus is overseen by his son, Bobby Bare, Jr., who augments strictly traditional arrangements with off-kilter sonic flourishes and appearances from neo-country interpreters like violinist Andrew Bird and singer-songwriter Paul Burch. Bare's world-weary voice eases comfortably into a set of tried-and-true covers that spans classics like Shel Silverstein's "Ballad of Lucy Jordan," "Love Letters in the Sand," and "Am I That Easy to Forget," while Bobby Jr.'s frequently inspired production both highlights the music's familiarity and accentuates its weirdness.