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Terra Incognita
Chris Whitley
Terra Incognita
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1

Critics buzzed loudly over this slide-playing American storyteller's 1991 debut Living with the Law, but there was a decidedly muted reception for 1995's sophomore effort. Here Whitley is back on course with a strong, orig...  more »

      
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All Artists: Chris Whitley
Title: Terra Incognita
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 2/18/1997
Release Date: 2/18/1997
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Blues Rock, Roots Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074646750728, 074646750780

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Critics buzzed loudly over this slide-playing American storyteller's 1991 debut Living with the Law, but there was a decidedly muted reception for 1995's sophomore effort. Here Whitley is back on course with a strong, original effort. "Automatic," one of the more conventional tunes here, is the most impressive. --Jeff Bateman

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Wish I'd produced this one!
alphalex | Chicago, IL | 01/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everyone has a couple dozen CD's in his/her collection that are no-fail, play-anytime faves, and Terra Incognita is one of those standards for me. The things I love about this album have to do with continuity--the songs are felt in the seat of the pants throughout!--and Chris Whitley's sinewy snake of a voice is mesmerizing. This is an ideal summer sundown groove album."
A great overlooked misunderstood album
Edward | la,ca | 02/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this album should have been given a chance with alternative crowd. It's what we've been waiting for. The mix of deep delta style blues blended with "what is good" about straight rock music with the honesty of good old fashioned experimental punk rawness. It is misleading at it's first hearing. I thought "rock music; blah, blah, blah..." but this album has a refreshing point of veiw. Really soulful vocals (but honest, convincing soul; not syrup), no rock twit "solo's", and feels like Robert Johnson and the spider's from mars. The album lives in the world of Tom Waits's "raindogs" but with a whole lot more "mid-range" grind. Orgainic, genuine and feels like a p-90 feeding back."
An Underrated talent.
Anthony Souza | 07/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Whitley combines dissonant electric guitar with acoustic and his songwriting style is uniquely his own. "Automatic" is the best thing here, but you can't go wrong on any of the others. I prefer this more full-bodied work to his other stripped down acoustic affairs, "Living With the Law" and "Dirt Floor"."