Chris Whitley,
Soft Dangerous Shores
(Messenger, 2005)

Chris Whitley refers to Soft Dangerous Shores as being about "love and death," and I suppose that's what most art and music is about ultimately.

Sadly, the album seems to dwell very much on the darker side of love and seldom lifts the heart or soul of the listener.

He calls the style "euro trash/folk blues," and I believe it is probably a very personal album of songs that mean a lot to the writer/performer and probably to his loyal fan base. Unfortunately, none of the tracks resonated with me.

Having said that, the production and performances are very good and will be most welcome to those who enjoyed his debut "Living with the Law."

by Nicky Rossiter
13 January 2007

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