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Tony Joe White - Rain Crow 2016 album

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Tony Joe White - Rain Crow 2016 album

Excellent 4* reviews for an excellent album of a veteran rocker..
Unique style and voice, unique fresh sound even in its 72 Tony Joe White publish his brand new 2016 album Rain Crow, yet another stunning example of his uncompromising, often ominous vision, shows no signs of diminishing.. Rain Crow doesn't blaze many new trails for Tony Joe White, but it leaves no doubt that he's still the king of his own swampy sound, and he's not getting older, he's getting deeper..

 

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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

Tony Joe White is a genre unto himself. Sure, there are other artists who can approximate White's rich gumbo of blues, rock, country, and bayou atmosphere, but almost 50 years after "Polk Salad Annie" made his name, you can still tell one of his records from its first few moments. 2016's Rain Crow confirms White hasn't lost his step in the recording studio. Produced by his son Jody White, Rain Crow is lean, dark, and tough; the bass and drums (Steve Forrest and Bryan Owings) are implacable and just a bit ominous, like the sound of horses galloping in the distance, while the flinty report of White's guitar sketches out the framework of the melodies and lets the listener's imagination do the rest. White's best music has always had more than one foot in the blues, and Rain Crow often recalls the hypnotic backwoods juke joint sounds of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, built on a groove that travels as far and as deep as it needs to go. And White the storyteller is in great form on Rain Crow, from the tricky family tale of "The Middle of Nowhere" and the spooky happenings of "Conjure Child" to "Hoochie Woman"'s celebration of a woman who knows what to do with spice and shrimp. As for White's singing, that's where evaluating Rain Crow gets a bit complicated. These days, White's voice is a swampy croak that lacks the strength of his signature recordings of the '60s and '70s, and occasionally he's just hard to hear. But if White isn't much of a singer at the age of 72, his half-sung, half-mumbled vocals work unexpectedly well in context, suggesting some aging swampland griot, and they suit the late-night vibe of the material better than a stronger performance might. Rain Crow doesn't blaze many new trails for Tony Joe White, but it leaves no doubt that he's still the king of his own swampy sound, and he's not getting older, he's getting deeper..

 

 

irishtimes review by Joe Breen

There is an ominous, throbbing, raw rhythmic intensity to this latest collection by the original swamp rocker. Now 72, White has never lost touch with the primeval sense of his native Louisiana – the stories, the lore, the people, the mystery, the darkness and the light, the otherness.

These are channelled through his distinctive swamp-funk take on the blues in which scratchy guitars vie with wah-wah-pedal and moody licks, wailing harmonica and a stubborn rhythm section laying down a pounding war dance.

His voice, now deepened and seasoned with the years, still carries that innate storyteller’s ability to transform timing, sound, text and mood into another world. These include memories of childhood (Tell Me A Swamp Story); a vulnerable adult’s frustration (The Middle of Nowhere); the steaming opener (Hoochie Woman) and the title track’s brooding mystery. tonyjoewhite.com

 

Tracklist

A1 Hoochie Woman
A2 The Bad Wind
A3 Rain Crow
B1 The Opening Of The Box
B2 Right Back In The Fire
C1 The Middle Of Nowhere
C2 Conjure Chiild
D1 Where Do They Go
D2 Tell Me A Swamp Story

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