God Street Wine's
eponymous second album for Mercury Records finds the band settling into a groove, accentuating their blues roots and stretching out a bit musically. The band still can't quite translate the kinetic appeal of their live show to disc, but God Street Wine
succeeds because it concentrates on the songs, showcasing them as much as the group's playing. Of course, jamming is still a priority -- John Popper
guests on three tracks and Little Feat's Bill Payne
plays on "Silver" -- but the songs have more weight than before, making God Street Wine
one of the band's best efforts to date.