Rob Brunner
September 07, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Civilians

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joe Henry
genre
Rock

We gave it an A

In recent years Joe Henry has become better known as a producer of underappreciated R&B veterans (Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette) than as a performer, but that should change with his 10th album. At times reminiscent of Tom Waits and later-period Dylan, Civilians (created with help from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks, among others) matches Henry’s rough croon with a rich, warm sound that instantly draws you into its sonic world. You won’t want to leave. A
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