Never one to rest on his formidable indie-blues laurels, Chris Whitley tests the limits of his superb songwriting and emotive vocals. In the past, he fused blues with jazz, rock, and folk, but on his seventh disc (and first on Dave Matthews’ label) the troubadour goes digital, looping in Middle Eastern chants, bongo beats, electronic beeps, and DJ Logic’s scratches. Through it all, that heavenly voice lifts ”Rocket” above the racket.
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