On his website, Bernie Shanahan explains that making this album was a 16-month process. I'd say he probably got his money's worth with 16 songs covering nearly 73 minutes.
"On the Altar of Eden" is dedicated "to all those touched by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." As you might imagine, this is a pretty somber, moving tune. The strings create a mood that matches the subject perfectly. All in all, this is a great tribute to folks whose lives have been touched by something awful.
Another song dedicated to those touched by something awful is "The Lucky Ones." This song is dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It has a folky, almost bluegrass feel and is another excellent tribute song.
The sound on this album is excellent, particularly considering he recorded it in his home studio. He crafts an excellent song and ranges from classic rock ("Far Away"), to harmonies similar to CSN&Y ("A Civilized Affair") to a song ("A Very High Wire") that sounds like a cross between David Lindley and Johnny Cash. Shanahan also covers an array of moods from his somber tribute songs to rockin' tunes with some wicked guitar solos. He definitely delivers the goods on this album he calls "a life in 16 songs."
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