Among songwriters, Taylor is a wild card. Having penned million-sellers like "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" in the 60s, he became a professional gambler before returning to performing in the 90s. After a string of fine country-drenched albums comes this genial oddity, a song cycle detailing his early life. There are affectionate portraits of his father and his "Bastard Brothers" (one of whom is actor Jon Voight), tributes to early heroes like Johnny Cash and homage for his home town of Yonkers. The sound is accomplished country-rock, the mood intimate and wry, the voice (with spoken interludes) like well-aged whisky.