David Browne
February 07, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

City of Refuge

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
John Fahey
genre
Instrumental, Experimental

We gave it an B

Still intent on retaining his title as the least predictable folk guitarist of all time, the notoriously eccentric John Fahey returns with a set of fret scrapings, woodsy pluckings, and unplugged improvisations. On City of Refuge, Fahey’s idiosyncratic style can lead to dark, glistening pieces like the title track — but also, alas, to indulgences like a 20-minute sound collage of static. Call it bizarro Windham Hill.

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