- Released: October 1, 2004
- Label: Anti
Q - 11/03, p.1103 stars out of 5
- "...He has steadily evolved a unique signature, increasingly foregrounding jazz and Tom Waits-like, vaudevillian influences..."
Uncut - 11/03, p.1103 stars out of 5
- "...Big melodies, soothing rhythms and some neat jazz jerks: Tiny Voices makes a quiet noise that's worth investigating..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 10/03, p.1104 stars out of 5
- "...TINY VOICES finds him forging a new strain of the genre: dreamy, weathered and deceptively romantic....This is the album of his remarkable career..."
- 1.This Afternoon
- 2.Animal Skin
- 3.Tiny Voices
- 5.Dirty Magazine
- 7.Loves You Madly
- 9.Widows Of The Revolution
- 11.Flesh And Blood
- 12.Your Side Of My World
Personnel: Joe Henry (vocals, guitar); Chris Bruce, Gregg Arreguin (guitar); Don Byron (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Ron Miles (trumpet); Dave Palmer, Patrick Warren (keyboards); Jennifer Condos (bass); Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion); Jim Keltner (drums); Niki Haris, Jean McClain (background vocals).
Recorded at The Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywwood, California and The Jung Hotel, Pasadena, California between December 2002 & January 2003.
Personnel: Joe Henry (vocals, guitar); Niki Haris, Jean McClain (vocals); Chris Bruce, Gregg Arreguin (guitar); Don Byron (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Ron Miles Quartet (trumpet); Dave Palmer, Patrick Warren (keyboards); Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion); Jim Keltner (drums).
Audio Mixer: S. "Husky" H?skulds.
Recording information: Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, CA (12/02/2002-12/06/2002); The Jung Hotel, Hollywood, CA (12/02/2002-12/06/2002).
Photographers: Melanie Nissen; Seymour Mednick.
Unknown Contributor Role: S. "Husky" H?skulds.
On 2003's TINY VOICES, singer/songwriter Joe Henry sets about immersing the listener in a dreamy, anachronistic atmosphere that's both inviting and slightly foreboding. Continuing in the inventive, mood-driven vein that the Los Angeles-based troubadour established in earnest on 1996's TRAMPOLINE, Henry conjures up a woozy jazz vibe throughout much of this record, aided substantially by the agile contributions of reed man Don Byron and trumpeter Ron Miles. Although Henry downplays immediately catchy pop/rock melodies (a la "Trampoline" and "Stop" from past outings) in favor of creating an extended suite-like whole, there are plenty of fine moments to latch onto, particularly the slinky "Animal Skin" and the shuffling title track, which exemplifies Henry's knack for plaintive vocals and darkly romantic lyrics. With its lack of obvious "singles" or high-profile guests, TINY VOICES serves as a more subtle, though no less affecting, companion piece to 2001's SCAR--an album that takes some time to work its quirky magic, but nevertheless casts a wonderfully hypnotic spell.