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Opener Rising Moon bounces along to an R&B groove, while Firewood and Candles is fuelled by a gritty Telecaster as the lyrics get down and (slightly) dirty.
Elsewhere, Leah: The Sequel’s stock-in-trade blues structure is boosted by stunning, jazzy harmonies and Kelly brings life, love and regret into close focus on the country-infused Letter In the Rain.
His recent lessons in jazz piano have helped, too, I Smell Trouble revealing just how far this troubadour is prepared to travel.
Life Is Fine
Four stars (out of five)
Single download: Rising Moon
For those who like: Bob Dylan, Tex Perkins
- Shane Gilchrist