This is a magnificent return from Joel Phelps. There is more of a country rock influence on Gala compared to his previous release Customs (2004). It's a fair mix of acoustic country ballads and heavier rock tracks. Phelps' music is emotional, realistic and passionate. He is an original with a profound musical vision of his own, sonically and lyrically. It's adult music for the modern 'indie' listener. His voice is very powerful and expressive in a unique way. There are some beautiful acoustic songs reminiscent of the late Townes Van Zandt mixed throughout the album. Gala is the perfect rainy day rock album for your collection.