Acoustic Vineyard begins with the percussion heavy groove of "Harlequin" that features not only Lubeck’s strings, but also Tim King’s smooth Sax work. The playful melody of "Take Me" gives way to more subtly seductive grooves such as "My Desire", "Port Aventura", and "Flamenco Island" (the latter written by Dave Maki). On "A New Romance", Lubeck’s guitar bounces joyously along the rocking Latin rhythms; then in a turn of momentum, the artist’s buzzing steel strings share the balled of "Rhett Relents". "You’ve Got This Way" is another melodic story released through a catchy folk’ish arrangement. The final cut is "A Mother’s Smile", in which Lubeck’s strings pop along the top of Maki’s synthetic strings and electric piano.
The album is an extraordinary example of Bryan Lubeck’s skill and technique as a guitarist and composer, as well as his talent as a producer; Dave Maki can also be proud of the work featured here.