03 February 2008

Enthusiasms (15) ~ Dislocation Blues

I bought this record when it came out eighteen months ago from Rounder Records and go through pretty regular periods of playing it again and again. It consists mostly of originals written singly or jointly by Jeff Lang and/or Chris Whitley interspersed with a handful of covers of re-arranged traditional numbers and unexpected tunes by Prince and Bob Dylan. It is appropriately under-produced; the vocals and musicianship and arrangements are intricate, stark, jagged; the comradeship plain. Just four fellows making distinctive music.

The recording was made in the early spring of 2005. By late fall of that year Chris Whitley (left) was dead, too young, from cancer. It is difficult to imagine a more fitting epitaph.

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