J.J. Cale is a sublimely talented musician who straddles lines between blues, country, folk, and rock. This, his debut solo album, is presented with a laid-back delivery and incredible presence. This is basically a man's version of Jack Johnson. (Yeah, I just implied that Jack Johnson is aimed at girls. Take his guy-at-the-party-with-an-acoustic-guitar approach and prove me wrong.)
Anyway, this album is a fantastic display of guitar skill as well as songwriting. Its relaxed approach to the songs was much appreciated, because I listened to it on a day when I was really stressed out and needed something to release the pressure. Need another reason to dig this? Eric Clapton liked this album enough to cover one of its songs. And now you have to listen to it, right?