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Music Review: 'Perfect Day'

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Perfect Day

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Chris Whitley
genre:
Rock

We gave it an A-

For his sixth album, all covers, the steel guitar specialist Chris Whitley reduces his favorite ”love” songs to quiet rubble. Improvised live in the studio with percussionist Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin, and Wood), Perfect Day reunites Whitley and producer Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson). Lou Reed’s title track and the Doors’ ”Crystal Ship” are transformed; blues like Howlin’ Wolf’s ”Smokestack Lightning” never sounded so feminine. A-