Bouncing between genres as varied as alt-country and jazz -- not to mention producing critically acclaimed albums for Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, and Ani DiFranco -- Henry is hard to slap a label on. This holds especially true for his 2003 effort, Tiny Voices; let's just call it "beautifully inaccessible."
His latest disc, however, is stripped-down, often featuring little more than his vulnerable voice, guitar, and basic percussion. The lyrics, too, are simple. "Time is a lion, and you are a lamb," he sings on "Time Is a Lion," Civilians' standout track. Even while speaking to themes like betrayal and warfare, Henry manages to keep it catchy and easy. It's not that his backup players aren't talented -- they are -- or that Henry's production isn't layered -- it is. There's just something satisfying about such a complex artist simplifying things for us simple folk.