There are numerous highlights on the disc, which has been sumptuouslyrecorded. "Firefly" is a great opener, making use of the percussive effects, as well as having a catchy theme. There is a clever reworking of the standard"Tennessee Waltz", turning this ageless tune into something new, fresh, andswinging. Several ballads are featured, among them the beautiful "Baby", and a gorgeous Fred Hersch tune "Valentine". "For Sodie's Sake" is a snappy, irresistible tune, with an undeniably catchy hook and which seems destined forairplay. The centerpiece of the CD for me is the kaleidoscopic "My Secret" , akind of suite in three distinct sections, tied together with percussive effects. The final section features Johnson's voice and strumming techniquealong with a killer melodic line which just seems to carry the listener away.
I've come across numerous solo guitar recordings in the past few years andall have their strengths and weaknesses. What separates this particular CD frommany others is the quality of the writing, and the overall positive vibe I came away with after listening to this music. There is no doubt that Johnson stylistically can cover all the bases and possesses tons of technique. The goodnews is that he doesn't flaunt that fact (as many guitarists do) and as a result the compositions themselves take center stage, as well they should. A stunning solo debut, highly recommended.