Picks and Pans Review: Blue Light 'til Dawn

updated 01/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Cassandra Wilson

Hailed as one of the best of jazz's new breed, singer Cassandra Wilson has delivered a mesmerizing album that gracefully blurs the lines between jazz, blues, R&B and pop. Wilson's rich, whispery alto and achingly understated delivery—combined with sparse arrangements that often feature little more than voice and guitar—are pure seduction. On the album's more familiar songs, including a triumphant version of Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey" and Robert Johnson's chilling "Hellhound on My Trail," Wilson does more than rework classics; she aims for artful deconstruction. Blue Light 'til Dawn is complex, challenging and vividly communicative soul music by a singer who deserves widespread attention. (Blue Note)

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