Tony Scherman
February 21, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Terra Incognita

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ruth Downie
publisher
Bloomsbury
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A

An endlessly inventive soundsmith, Chris Whitley piles layer upon layer of fed-back, distorted guitar; Terra Incognita is exhilarating, if sometimes harrowing. He also has a plangent, expressive voice. This original may be too idiosyncratic to break through to the masses — though ”Automatic” and ”Power Down” are as darkly urgent and hook filled as anything by Kurt Cobain, and then some.

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