Kris Kristofferson is one of the great songwriters of this century. His songs have been recorded by artists in almost every musical genre. He's been quiet of late, concentrating instead on touring with The Highwaymen and making films. This is vintage Kristofferson. The tunes are a mixture of love songs ( "The Promise") and political reflection ( "Slouching Toward The Millennium" and "Johnny Lobo"). There's even a touch of classic Kristofferson here, a re-make of "Casey's Last Ride." Produced by Don Was, who has directed many rock artists' projects (Rolling Stones' "Voodoo Soup"), he clearly understands the value of letting a genius like Kristofferson follow his own creative path and does not try to make this album into something it's not. This is not an overpowering effort. Instead it's a very sensitive piece of work, that will feel very comfortable to his many long-time fans.