Maturity can be trouble - you know, that album your favourite artist makes to show the world he or she can be a serious musician. When it goes wrong, it goes very wrong, but when it goes right, as in Jim Bryson's case, a masterpiece is often born.
Bryson's latest is not only his most mature but easily his most impressive and focused yet. Where The Bungalows Roam is filled with hushed folk numbers that rarely reach above a whisper. Sound boring? Far from it. Brilliant wordplay and delicate, moving arrangements - it's not just a guy with his guitar - carry this record all the way through.
Bryson hasn't just grown up; he's finally taken his career to the next level.
Jim Bryson plays the Horseshoe Saturday (June 2).