Heron King Blues 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… Heron King Blues 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… 2004-01-20 Califone
Music Review

Heron King Blues (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 20, 2004; Lead Performance: Califone

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.

Originally posted Feb 20, 2004 Published in issue #752 Feb 20, 2004 Order article reprints
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