I'm not a big fan of Traffic. I do respect their greatness, but they're just not my shizz. I can't explain it. But I think you know what I mean. That's not to say this Dave Mason album is exactly like Traffic, which he joined and then left before starting his solo career. It's something a bit different, and I think more interesting; imagine Traffic singing John Barleycorn, but with the touchstone being more blues, country, and modern Americana, rather than British folk.
The highlight is definitely Only You and I Know, the only certifiable chart-topper of Mason's solo career. It's easy to hear why - it starts with an insanely catchy riff, has a great chorus, and the pre-verse stanzas could even be described as 'groovy.' And the rest of the songs, while not big hits, are all expertly crafted. My dad used the word masterpiece when he showed me this record, and it's hard to argue with. It seemed like everything went right for Dave Mason on this one.
Also, he's rocking the Mad Hatter look on the cover, which you've got to respect.
[ mp3 ]: Dave Mason - Only You and I Know
[ mp3 ]: Dave Mason - Just a Song
And the rest of the album: