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chriswhitley05aug

Soft Dangerous Shores

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These days, only the most isolated cultures live sans electronics, so the notion that folk music requires au naturale acoustics ain't exactly… well, folksy anymore. Keyboard sounds and tape loops lurk in the darkness behind Chris Whitley's stark-as-midnight guitar on Soft Dangerous Shores, having nothing to do with hybridizing genres and everything to do with […]

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All the Residents' Men

The biggest problem with mysteries is that sooner or later they have to be solved. And the solution to any mystery is invariably a letdown. As long as there is uncertainty, there is the chance that the answer will reveal something beyond the ordinary. But answers rarely do. Do you really want to know what […]

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In Tongues

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Over the course of In Tongues' 10 tracks, I had to keep checking to make sure my CD player to make sure it hadn't somehow transformed into an 8-track. The riff-heavy tunes, the double-tracked vocals, the pot-haze guitar crunch, even H.P. Lovecraft-inspired lyrics—I sincerely believe that Drunk Horse has access to a time machine, and […]

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Georgia Hard

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Robbie Fulks' first album of new material in four years can't help but be something of a disappointment, if not in its songwriting (which is as strong and witty as ever) then in its narrow scope. 2001's Couples In Trouble found Fulks at his most ambitious, experimenting with rock and pop forms on a dozen […]

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Birthright

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Just when you think that nothing new can come of the blues, here's James "Blood" Ulmer to prove you wrong. White boy blues-rockers and houserockin' party bands take note: this is to-the-bone raw soul. Don't go throwing around words like "roots" and "tradition." Blood's guitar-playing is as idiosyncratic as ever, possibly more so in this […]

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