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Short Man's Room
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
After delivering two albums in the classic singer/songwriter mode, this 1993 release found Midwesterner Joe Henry headed for points deeper South, at least spiritually, looking for a modern version of an old Nashville sound... more »
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After delivering two albums in the classic singer/songwriter mode, this 1993 release found Midwesterner Joe Henry headed for points deeper South, at least spiritually, looking for a modern version of an old Nashville sound. Things kick off in a terrific pop vein with "Good Fortune," which, despite the mandolins in the background, features a wonderful riff hook that wouldn't have sounded out of place alongside Merseybeat classics on '60s AM radio. The Jayhawks act as Henry's backing band on all 11 tracks here, offering a modernist bluegrass tint to most of the CD. "Reckless Child," heavy on the banjo and fiddles, is one of those Civil War-sounding rock ditties--sort of the Band meets Tom Petty, circa Southern Accents--while Tennessee waltzes such as "Last One Out" and "A Friend to You" wouldn't have been out of place, stylistically, on mid-'70s albums by the likes of early Loggins and Messina, Steve Goodman, Jesse Colin Young, or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. But the songs here are probably all better ("Sault Sainte Marie" will delight anyone from Michigan or who has visited the title place), with nary a clunker in the bunch. --Bill Holdship
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D. Hicks | New York, NY | 03/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is just hands down, one of the greatest albums that I have ever heard. My first copy was scratched on "Diving Bell" which is the song that held me warmer than a good woman on so very many cold nights. So I got a second. The second was in my stereo when it was stolen out of my car. I miss the cd more. This will be my third, and so long as I have a cd collection, it will contain a copy of "Short Man's Room.""
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www.MoisBenarroch.com | Israel | 03/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The understated voice of Henry lead to him being underrated. He may be just too shy to become a superstar, although he has everything Leonard Cohen has, great songs, a great musical sensibilty, great lyrics, and a very comunicative voice. This cd is one of his best cd's.Try also "Shuffletown" (and avoid "FUSE")."
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www.MoisBenarroch.com | 03/27/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Let it be known, I'm crazy about Joe Henry. I can't say enough good things about the way he writes and sings. I can't think of anyone who gets under your skin the way he does and stays there, burning slowly. So, what is it about this album that doesn't affect me the same way that most of his work does? The writing is terrific and his singing doesn't fail. I think it's the music. The band behind him, The Jayhawks, very accomplished and critically acclaimed musicians bring their fiddle/mandolin bluegrass overtones to a singer/songwriter who is not an artist in this medium and it has left me wanting to hear more of what Joe Henry has evolved into since working with T-bone Burnett on Shuffletown and also his later stuff, Trampoline and Fuse. I know there will be those that disagree and think I'm missing something 'essential' in this cd, but, this one's not near the top of my list."