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Albums Of The Week: Joe Henry | All The Eye Can See

The Grammy-winning producer and underappreciated singer-songwriter welcomes a score of great musicians to accompany him on this batch of intimately dusty ballads.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In a career spanning more than 30 years, three-time Grammy winner Joe Henry has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music. Known for his exploration of the human experience, Henry is a hyper-literate storyteller, by turns dark, devastating and hopeful.

On All The Eye Can See, his 16th solo release, Henry is joined by more than 20 musicians, among them his trusted long-time musical companions and friends — his son Levon Henry on saxophone and clarinet, David Piltch on bass, Patrick Warren on piano and keyboards and John Smith on acoustic guitar. It is an intimate album, highly emotional, amazingly quiet, beautiful, and relaxed, with simple yet skillful tunes, touching lyrics featuring 12 new and unforgettable songs, framed by an instrumental prelude and prologue.”

“As for the songs themselves, I hear them in part as springing out of our shared and traumatic experiences of the recent past, sure, as well as our present-day responses to them,” Henry says. “But if I am honest, I know that I have never allowed myself to write and release songs as personal as these now feel to me.”


Photo by David McClister.