Civilians 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… Civilians 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… 2007-09-11 Joe Henry Rock
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Civilians (2007)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Sep 11, 2007; Lead Performance: Joe Henry; Genre: Rock

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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Originally posted Sep 07, 2007 Published in issue #953-954 Sep 14, 2007 Order article reprints