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Kindness of the World

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Kindness of the World

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Joe Henry
Producers:
Mammoth

We gave it an A-

Joe Henry is Madonna’s brother-in- law, but his plain-sung, pedal-steel-pierced vignettes (in which firemen marry beneath paper bells and hope always squeaks past irony) plumb America’s psyche with a classicist’s, not a provocateur’s, perspective. If he picked up his tempo, Henry might sound more like Tom Petty and less like Willie Nelson. But even though he’d rather roll than rock, Kindness of the World, Henry’s fifth effort, reveals a mature songwriter ready to take on the world. A-

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