On his 11th studio album, Blood From Stars, you'll hear a raw and stark Henry, both as a singer and as a guitarist. The songs are often blues-based; Tom Waits sprang to mind when I first heard it. The performances by pianist Patrick Warren, guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist David Piltch and drummer Jay Bellerose sound inspired, which is no surprise: Providing inspiration seems to be Henry's specialty. (The album also introduces a new talent on saxophone: Henry's 17-year-old son Levon.) It's nice to record in a great room, and it's nice to have the right microphones and recording gear, but if there's no inspiration, it won't endure. Blood From Stars sounds genuinely inspired, which makes it a record with a long shelf life.