It's been seven years since Mike Scott last delved into what he once characterized as "the big music." But after a pair of so-so solo albums, the Celt-rock explorer has assembled a new crew of Waterboys, and the results are sure to please anyone who fell under the band's spell in its heyday. Scott is still obsessed with venturing, as Van Morrison might say, into the mystic, and on songs like the hypnotic "Let It Happen," he makes following along seem like a mighty fine idea. The sweep of tunes like "My Love Is My Rock in the Weary Land" and the wide-eyed "We Are Jonah" is both unabashedly romantic and vividly rendered, with enveloping swells of guitar and swirling violin. As ever, Scott can be heavy-handed in his lyric writing, and when he falls prey to that tendency, as on "Charlatan's Lament," he all but ignores writing a memorable melody to shore up the tune. Fortunately, that's not a common problem here, making for a disc sure to take the edge off anyone's weary day.