Standout tracks like “Her Furious Angels” and the title track showcase Whitley’s sparse, yet complex picking patterns while highlighting, as well, his adept literary talent. The same jovial energy Chris bombarded us with in earlier hits like “Scrapyard Lullaby” keeps the listener hooked to the folksy drone of his acoustic axe. Another jewel is Whitley’s cover of the Lou Reed tune “I Can’t Stand It,” bridging folk-blues and old-guard punk in an irresistible fusion.
If you’re a fan of Whitley’s early work, you’ll not be let down, but if you’re unfamiliar with the artist and a fan of good blues, then War Crime Blues is definitely worth a spin. The work is from the same vein as earlier releases: nouveau-vintage acoustic Delta blues.
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