max, thanks for yr. recommendation of chris whitley. i noticed
his name sometimes, but never listened to his music. your posting made me curious and i immediately listened to some snippets on amazon and read the entry at the all music guide. yes, it seems that his music fits perfect to my this years preferences. and it seems that his album she made in dresden, germany are the perfect one for me, but i am unsure with which one i should try to start: hotel vast horizon, weed or war crime blues. which one recommend you, max?
My favourite of these albums is 'Hotel Vast Horizon' - but it is the most understated of the three and operates more as a suite (each song has a similar tempo and build) than the arguably better and certainly more diverse 'War Crime Blues', which is a spectacular example of how to use the National Guitar without making it sound like a stringed trash-can (and contains a hypnotic cover of The Clash song 'The Call Up'). 'Weed' is more transient; I would not start with it.
If you value the sonic equivalent of drinking from a clay jug, go for 'War Crime Blues'; if you want something more studied then 'Hotel Vast Horizon' is like drinking from white china.
[But my favourite albums by Chris are 'Terra Incognita' and 'Soft Dangerous Shores'. If I was freely recommending an album from his back catalogue then I would suggest the latter, which was his last studio album.]
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