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Four-time Grammy-winning producer and critically acclaimed songwriter Joe Henry is releasing his 13th album. ''I went into the making of this whole record with an ethos driven by emotional clarity,'' Henry says of Invisible Hour, by far his most personal work to-date.
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Along with his cadre of trusted studio musicians, Henry has once again plumbed the depths of life and the human soul, fashioning indelible tales that bear repeated listening, each session revealing more nuance and layers of meaning.
He deserves a wider audience, and I heartily recommend his previous releases--Kindness of the World, Tiny Voices, Civilians, Blood From Stars, and Reverie--as well. All are excellent, and have all received universal critical glowing praise.
been a huge devotee of Mr. Henry's work since Short
Man's Room, although I believe he did not receive his
God's Head until Fuse. Fuse, Scar and Tiny Voices are
still my favorite albums--they were a bit more "creative"
musically than what he has put out since.
Although songs like Plainspeak (a gorgeous track, my
fave) Sign and Every Sorrow (TNAF) are all gems--I find that
over the last few albums he seems to rely on the same few
song structures over and over. Perhaps Reverie with
songs like Strung and Piano Furnace broke the mould
a bit more than other recent albums , but for my tastes
I wish that with all the brilliant musicians he works with
he would drop a few more tunes that actually rocked,
swung or kicked up the tempo a bit here and there.
Again, there is a lot of great stuff on this album as many
have pointed out--here's hoping he sets some of his
superlative songcraft to some interesting "up-tempo"
tunes on some future releases--4 1/2*s.