The suspicion of pastiche of the glory days of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood or even the more contemporary glamour of Nick'n'Kylie hangs over the work. Outside of Scotland, however, Lanegan is possibly not seen in such light, so the idea of a covers album utilising his drug-addled baritone may not seem suspect.
It is certainly idiosyncratic. Although it does nod towards the standard repertoire with the closing Autumn Leaves and a version of Mack the Knife that is a highlight and conscious of the song's origins in the theatre of Brecht in a way that is often not the case, this set is some distance from Rod Stewart's tilts at the Great American Songbook. Unfortunately its more modern inclusions are among the least successful, a list headed by Brompton Oratory from the canon of the aforementioned Nick Cave and including John Cale's I'm Not The Loving Kind. A recurring problem is the addition of washes of string synthesiser and brass arrangements where a more sparse accompaniment would have been preferable.