Quality-wise, it's a great sounding album. The instruments and voices are crisp and clear, which is so essential for music with as many tones and harmonies as are found here. The rollicking "Gypsy Moon" opens the album in contrast to the wistful sound of the title track."Long Way Home" details a meeting between two Civil War soldiers as they make their respective journeys home. "Lost" bursts out of "Long Way Home"'s melancholy mist with slap-happy vocals and mountaineering banjo from Jon Cumming, walkin' bass from Rosen, and the great harmonica work of Dion. Dion's harmonica sets the old-time atmosphere for "Outside Lookin' In," which, like the rest of the album, wonderfully showcases the bands finely-honed vocal harmonies. It's one of the happiest-sounding sad songs I've heard. Or it's one of the saddest-sounding happy songs...well, I can't quite decide. It's sort of both, and it's fantastic.
The one weakness of this disc is obviously the length. Track 5 comes way too fast, just as the listener is starting to grasp the full scope of the band's ability. I think we can look forward to a lot more from "HDATZ", as their confidence and ability are undeniable. "ZooGrass" it is!