James Sullivan
August 11, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Perfect Day

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Chris Whitley
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

For his sixth album, all covers, the steel guitar specialist Chris Whitley reduces his favorite ”love” songs to quiet rubble. Improvised live in the studio with percussionist Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin, and Wood), Perfect Day reunites Whitley and producer Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson). Lou Reed’s title track and the Doors’ ”Crystal Ship” are transformed; blues like Howlin’ Wolf’s ”Smokestack Lightning” never sounded so feminine. A-

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