By Greg Kot
Updated August 12, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

On Blood From Stars, his 11th ? album, Henry explores new combinations of sounds and genres in an on-?going effort to avoid ? predictability. Guitarist Marc Ribot flirts with a cornet, while Henry’s sax-playing teenage son Levon makes an impressive debut. They play ballads, waltzes, and slow dances that give Henry’s vignettes time to unwind, like weary travelers unpacking their burdens over cigarettes and gin. A?

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