Reverie

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  • Summary: Marc Ribot, Jean McClain, Lisa Hannigan, and Patrick Warren appear as guests on Henry's home-recorded acoustic album.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
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  1. Oct 10, 2011
    90
    He makes connections between disciplines--musical, literary, visual--that serve to further define Americana not as a musical genre, but as an expansive cultural enigma.
  2. Nov 9, 2011
    90
    That's the modesty and humility typically missing in all those acclaimed geniuses. But it's precisely what allows Henry access to the truths that make his songs unforgettable.
  3. 80
    In Reverie, Joe Henry and his group have created a raw, raucous and messy masterpiece.
  4. Mojo
    Dec 22, 2011
    80
    An exquisitely recorded, enjoyably messy affair. [Nov 2011, p.102]
  5. 60
    It's a fully-acoustic affair (guitar, piano, upright bass, drums, etc), with a luxurious, live-combo presence and some gruff musings on time, humanity and music.
  6. Jan 19, 2012
    60
    An hour long, Reverie's an unusual mix of gentle, drifting and jarring.
  7. 60
    Henry's stubbled delivery pitched somewhere between Randy Newman and Tom Waits as he negotiates the galumphing waltz "Strung" and the ramshackle cakewalk groove "Sticks & Stones", which best exemplifies the album's mythopoeic blues mode.

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  1. Oct 16, 2011
    9
    This album deserves to be purchased and to be listened to. By "listened to" I don't mean just having it on the background although it canThis album deserves to be purchased and to be listened to. By "listened to" I don't mean just having it on the background although it can withstand such limited use. Like all of Henry's albums the atmosphere and instrumentation are phenomenal. I don't always know exactly what Henry is singing about but I can always "feel" what he is singing about. This is one of those albums that I beg friends to put on during a rainy day and to listen to intently in the hopes that they may enjoy it as much as I do. Expand