Young Man's Stride
is astraightforward Clouds Taste Metallic-era Flaming Lips-like rocker - an unsurprising influence given Donahue's tenure in that band.
Sudden Ray Of Hopeis a psychedelic/cocktail bar jazz/big band hybrid carried along by flute, with another great sax solo. Everlasting Arm is subdued and melodic, featuring along by piano, sax, and whistling(!), with a meandering instrumental ending. It is perhaps the closest song musically to Deserter's Songs.
Racing The Tide
is apsychedelic/sixties power ballad hybrid, with a big chorus. In the blink of an eyelid transforms into a disco freakout reminiscent of Screamadelica-era Primal Scream) complete with wailing female vocals straight from Pink Floyd's The Great Gig In the Sky, complete with bizarre exhortations to "keep it going my friends! Plenty of tape!" made in a fake Indian accent. And if that ain't weird enough,
takes the cake - psychedelic blues, complete with organ, sax and clarinet!
Empire State (Son House In Excelsis)
2. Young Man's Stride
3. Sudden Ray Of Hope
4. Everlasting Arm
5. Racing The Tide
6. Close Encounters Of The 3rd Grade
Kiss From An Old Flame
8. Peaceful Night