If this album had been recorded in the seventies, it would have been classified as country-rock. Being recorded at the end of the old millennium, it is classified as alt-country, a genre that includes country-rock but is not limited to it.
Many of the songs here are covers including It's a mighty thin line between love and hate (Johnny Paycheck), I still can't believe you're gone (Willie Nelson, from his album Phases and stages), Easy loving (Freddie Hart), Wild mountain berries (Peggy Scott), Sudden stop (Percy Sledge) and Whispering pines (The Band). None of these songs have been over-covered and I'm sure that some listeners to this album have never heard any of these songs before. Perhaps the most famous song among them is Easy loving, which was a major country success in the early seventies, winning CMA song of the year two years running. You might expect that it would have been covered more often than it actually has, but although I like the song, I never thought it was a classic.
Kelly co-wrote three of the other songs (I don't believe in you, Crackers rule, Gone), while Jon Langford (the producer) wrote Mystery. The remaining song, Papa was a rodeo, written by Stephen Merritt, may also be an original.
This is a fine album with a nice mix of songs that should appeal to fans of the early Eagles albums.