Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

COREY HARRIS

BLU.BLACK

2009-12-07

Corey Harris has always been an adventuresome artist. First making his mark as a straight out acoustic blues guitarist, he’s played everything from acoustic folk and Cajun country to tripped out electric versions of delta blues standards and, more recently, reggae. This disc finds him still delving into reggae grooves on "Conquering Lion", "Blessed Seed", "Run Around Girl", "Babylon Walls" and "Backlash" and using Rastafarian first person references to declare to Jah that "Columbus is a liar": he didn’t find anything that wasn’t already there. Elsewhere, as on "Black", "King and Queen" and "My Song" he applies his rich vocals to ballads and even a bit of gospel. Of the 14 cuts only the electric "Blues" is a straight out blues tune. Overall, the vibe here is a decidedly mellow, Jack Johnson type of experience. Maybe it was the novelty of hearing him taking on reggae as a new musical style but 2007’s Zion Crossroads was a more compelling listen. Hopefully, Harris will move on to his next muse in short order. Smitty

More reviews tagged #World

  • reviewed 01/2011

    LOREENA MCKENNITT
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

  • reviewed 03/2007

    The Prodigals
    Dreaming In Hell's Kitchen

  • reviewed 09/2015

    Bilge
    Post Sleep

  • reviewed 05/2007

    JOE REILLY
    Planting Gardens

  • reviewed 12/2007

    APHRODESIA
    Lagos By Bus

  • reviewed 06/2004

    Tarika
    10: Beasts, Ghosts and Dancing with History

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.