Keijo Virtanen performs a set of experimental-blues pieces on this album, recorded in Finland with Aarni Virtanen between 2007 and 2009, creating an authentic style through understated layering of instruments. In the space of a few songs, he can come across as alternately sounding like early Delta blues players; John Lee Hooker's electric, guitar-driven blues; early folk; a young Bob Dylan; and the Mali blues of Ali Farka Touré--reinterpreting folk and blues music in some of its most interesting forms.
While the album can at times feel as though it lacks bearings and is too static, not playing to its own strengths (although these qualities could also be seen as Virtanen liberating himself from the album form in favor of giving each song its own space)--especially after its strong initial run of songs--it can also sound inspired, especially when subtle drones, chants and percussion are incorporated into the blues motifs, as on tracks like "Me Estoy Yendo," "Repeat Wholly the Holy Beat," and "Those Who Never Came Back."
Ultimately enjoyment of the music presented here can depend on the lengths that the listener will follow Virtanen's vision of his own music; its rewards come from slowly examining the musician's thought processes at work and concentrating on the ideas being put forward rather than looking for musical peaks or valleys. 7/10 -- Jordan Anderson (26 May, 2010)