"Blue Rain in Africa" holds out hope that there is still some magic in the world. The song is told from the viewpoint of a Native American who has witnessed the birth of a white buffalo. It is sung by Taylor and Nanji and the blend of their voices is perfect. The next song, "Never Been to the Reservation," is dark again though. "Coming With Crosses" will chill you as you listen.
Not every song on the CD is so serious, however. "Jae Jae Waltz," in which a widow is being courted at a dance, is basically the tune of "Oh My Darling Clementine," with banjo, drums, bass, and cornet giving it a sprightly, folk feel.
"Girlfriend's House" is about a guy who catches his wife cheating with her girlfriend and wants to join in. It's a straight blues number. "Sit Across Your Table," on the other hand, is a rock love song that celebrates the simple joys of marriage. "Gangster and Iztatoz Chauffeur" tells the story of a gangster in love with his chauffeur who can't be bought by all his money. It is greatly enhanced by the acoustic six-string accompaniment.
"Green Apples" takes us back to the blues, with some more great six-string guitar and a simple message: you do this for me, and I will treat you right.
Overall, this CD is something different, something that makes the listener sit up and pay attention. It has important things to say. It delivers the message with poetry, grace, and really fine singing and musicianship.