In fact, there are times on this record when you can almost hear him healing in real time. On the warm, fuzzy and lackadaisical Skeleton Beach, for example, he sings – in his gravelly, sandpaper voice – about how his 'troubles melt away'. And that’s just what it feels like is happening, as psychedelic guitars drift like weed in the air during the song’s calming, soothing last moments.
That sonic evocation of marijuana is no coincidence, either, given the lyrics of the second verse: ‘We smoked one in the parking lot / We were listening to Jerry sing.’ ‘Jerry’ is a reference to the late Jerry Garcia, famed stoner and singer of pioneering ’60s hippy outfit The Grateful Dead, and indeed, the penultimate track of this album is a cover of the Dead’s outlaw ballad Friend Of The Devil. It's a stunning, heady, hypnotic and emotional mix of gloom and hope, of adventure and contemplation.