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Chris Whitley / Jeff Lang: Dislocation Blues

Read "Dislocation Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette


Dislocation Blues is the work of kindred spirits in a sustained moment of inspiration. Recorded in April of 2005, months before guitarist/vocalist Chris Whitley's death from cancer, the album finds the late Texan united with his Australian cohort, guitarist Jeff Lang, as they confront their emotions and, by the alchemy that is music, transform that interaction into poetry instrumental and verbal.

Whitley and Lang achieve this transmogrification with a mix of originals, traditional songs and, not surprisingly, two songs of ...

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Chris Whitley & The Bastard Club: Reiter In

Read "Reiter In" reviewed by Doug Collette


Chris Whitley died of cancer in November of 2005, a tragedy that robbed us of one of the most distinctive yet unheralded musicians of our time. Inspired and inspiring as Reiter In may be, this product of his last recording sessions is every bit the statement of closure and adieu that The Wind represented for the late Warren Zevon.

The rambunctious electric drone of The Stooges' “I Wanna Be Your Dog doesn't sound like a nihilistic rant when Chris Whitley ...

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Chris Whitley: Soft Dangerous Shores

Read "Soft Dangerous Shores" reviewed by Doug Collette


Soft Dangerous Shores is something of a companion piece to Chris Whitley's last album with a band, Hotel Vast Horizon, right down to the closing piece played virtually solo on banjo. If there's anything more haunting than silence and space, as on the ever so sparse predecessor, it's the judicious use of effects--and that's what's at work on this dense-sounding disc.

The Texas native's third full-length CD in less than two years is an object lesson in how ...


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