The argument about what is and isn't bluegrass has been around as long as the genre itself, and the music of Yonder Mountain String Band is a perfect case in point, although it's unclear for which side.
Up to this point, YMSB has found their audience in the borderline bluegrass/jamgrass festival circuit, even though their sound was pretty straight bluegrass most of the time - all strings, no drums, lots of songs that at least sounded traditional. With this disc, they've blurred the lines, adding drums and a big-time rock-sounding production from Tom Rothrock, creating something new that many old fans won't like, but which may bring more artistic longevity by freeing the group from genre-specific constraints.
The title track opens the CD with a Guster-like pop edge, and there are several more songs that tread even closer to Dave Matthews territory. Those that prefer the 'old' YMSB sound will find a few more traditional-sounding tunes tucked into the middle portion of the album, but the majority of this finds them traveling down the middle of the pop road instead.