Michael Endelman
February 20, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Heron King Blues

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Thrill Jockey

We gave it a B+

The blues aren’t dead; they’ve just undergone some mutations. Like fellow roots radical Tom Waits, Califone update the genre with arty concepts and ragged punk-rock grit. Their shambling songs — a collision of junkyard percussion, collaged lyrics, and creaky slide guitars — stick with you like a spectral fever dream.

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