Release Date: Sep 11, 2007
Record label: Anti
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.