With his fifth album, Corey Harris has arrived at a point in his musical odyssey where it's no longer possible to categorize him as anything more specific than a roots musician.

With his fifth album, Corey Harris has arrived at a point in his musical odyssey where it's no longer possible to categorize him as anything more specific than a roots musician. Back when he tracked his debut album, Between Midnight and Day, Harris was heavy into traditional blues. Every album he's recorded since has widened his circle of influences and expanded his musical vision. Downhome Sophisticate is exactly what we should expect from Harris in 2002—namely, whatever turns him on. His music flows where it will, from the urban vibe of the title track to the ska flavor of "Sista Rose," from the Afro-Cuban romance of "Black Maria" to the hard-rocking take on the classic "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" and the pure hip-hop of "F'Shizza."—PVV

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