- Personnel includes: Chuck Prophet (vocals, various instruments); Stephanie Finch (vocals, accordion, keyboards); Greg Leisz (acoustic & electric guitars); Rob Douglas (guitar, bass); Jason Borger (Wurlitzer piano, Clavinet, Farfisa organ); Michael Urbano (drums).
- Recorded at Waterworks, Tucson, Arizona; Tiny Telephone, Room 5 Studios, San Francisco, California.
- Personnel: Chuck Prophet (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, tamboura, Oberheim synthesizer, percussion); Stephanie Finch (vocals, strings, accordion); Rob Douglas (guitar); Greg Leisz (acoustic guitar); Max Butler (omnichord); Ken Miller (upright bass); Jim Bogios, Michael Urbano, Andrew Borger, John Mader (drums).
- Audio Mixers: Jim Waters; Mark Pistel.
- Recording information: Chuck And Stephanie's Living Room; Cottage Recorders; Dr. C's; In The Pocket Studio; Market Street; Pigshead; Room #5.
- Photographers: Jeff Smith ; Todd V. Wolfson.
- Prophet's follow-up to The Hurting Business finds him in excellent form, still making American roots music but casting his net a little wider to bring in a few more influences. For example, "Elouise" kicks off with a rhythm straight out of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" before evolving into something looser and less threatening, and "Summertime Thing" has the laid-back vibe of the Young Rascals' "Groovin'" welded to some funky wah-wah guitar influenced by the Isley Brothers. With a voice suggesting that he's training to be Tom Waits when he grows older and occasional lyrics (as in "Run Primo Run") inspired by the vintage Dylan songbook (the Farfisa organ that recurs in the album only furthers the connection), there's a strong romantic streak running through his work, most evident in "No Other Love" and even the growing-older wisdom of "Old Friends." His songwriting continues to grow and his guitar skills (which he tends to hide under a bushel a little), never flashy or grabbing the spotlight, have become mature and sophisticated, a long way from his days in Green on Red. One of America's great underground artists, Prophet's slowly blooming into a major figure. ~ Chris Nickson
Q (9/02, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Finds the well-connected guitarist again hitting the consistently high standard of American roots music he has maintained since his 1980 debut..."
Magnet (6-7/02, p.112) - "...Continues hi slove affair with sound, his cosmic Americana encompassing widescreen pop, rootsy boogie and freaked-out cyberblooze..."
CMJ (6/17/02, p.12) - "...Prophet's master-crafted, character-driven tunes, while they fit snugly in the blues/roots category, are commercially viable thanks to their tasteful use of a plethora of sounds..."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.77) - Ranked #6 in Mojo's "Best Americana Albums of 2002"
Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.104) - "...Multi-faceted shimmering diamonds..."