This album, along with the four that preceded it and the full 16 Horsepower catalog, should establish David Eugene Edwards as one of the truly original and compelling artists in American rock right now. Forget that he’s a Christian or an alt.country artist or an odd anachronistic figure prone to old-fashioned clothing, because none of that matters. What matters is that this music is as spiritually engaging and viscerally moving as anything you can hear right now.
Not to be nitpicky, but Edwards’ Christianity is precisely why his music is so spiritually engaging and viscerally moving. Remove his faith, and the music would be greatly diminished.