Invisible Hour - Joe Henry
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  • Summary: Recorded over four days, the 13th release for the singer-songwriter feature guest appearances from Lisa Hannigan as well as Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids.
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  1. Jun 5, 2014
    94
    Invisible Hour is poetic singer/songwriter fare at its best, and this is Joe Henry’s masterpiece.
  2. Jun 5, 2014
    80
    The album’s arrangements and standout musicianship--including pedal-steel and slide guitarist Greg Leisz and Henry’s son Levon on clarinet--is a reminder that Henry’s extraordinary production work is second to none.
  3. Jun 5, 2014
    80
    Invisible Hour is a beautiful, haunting collection of songs that only Joe Henry could create, and whether you're familiar with his work of not, you're likely to find something that will impress you on this album.
  4. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Taken as a whole, the album recalls the literate elegance of 1993’s Kindness Of The World, albeit with more sharply observed snapshots of the nuts and bolts of romantic relationships.
  5. Jul 24, 2014
    80
    Here's a quiet rhapsody of twining acoustic guitars, cherry-sad reeds and songs that feel solid for a bit then slip away into dying-fall bluenotes and the kind of lines that provoke romantic poetic recollection. [Jul 2014, p.88]
  6. Jun 30, 2014
    70
    Despite its lack of concrete melodies and occasional unnecessary musical accompaniments, Invisible Hour more than earns this investment.
  7. 60
    Those less focused might find their attention taxed, but this is a meticulously crafted and uncompromising work that shows Henry to be at the top of his game releasing challenging music not made for prime time.

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