At this juncture in the Cowboy Junkies' surprisingly lengthy career, it's only natural that they'd be looking for new ways to approach an album, and having a concept can be helpful. No, there are no sword-and-sorcery numbers about mythical quests sung in Elvish; instead they've come up with a moody song cycle about familial relationships, which makes the music of At The End Of Paths Taken suitable for performing while seated in chairs. The unexpected bit is that there are a couple of tracks where the Junkies appear to be making a move from their brooding ballad comfort zone toward brooding bluesy shuffles that very nearly get funky. On one song, Mountain, Margo Timmins even sings her rhymes with a rap-like cadence over a recorded recitation by her father. Such daring moves, sadly, are far too few.