Cry of the Prophets

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Cry of the Prophets
Studio album by
LabelHighTone Records, Sire Records
ProducerBruce Bromberg, Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas chronology
The Beginning
Cry of the Prophets
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(dud)[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
Houston Chronicle3/4 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[7]
St. Petersburg Times2/5 stars[8]

Cry of the Prophets is an album by the American blues musician Chris Thomas, released in 1990.[2][9]


The album was written and recorded in Austin, Texas.[9][10] It was produced by Bruce Bromberg and Thomas.[11][12]

Critical reception[]

The Chicago Tribune wrote that Thomas's "keening guitar solos never overstay their welcome and his lyrics brim with urgency."[2] The Los Angeles Times deemed the album "a strange brew of deep soul, country blues, modern funk, Hendrix and Marley that falls somewhere between a more rockin’ Robert Cray and a Lenny Kravitz without the Lennonisms."[6] Greil Marcus, in The Village Voice, praised the "deep soul guitar" and "deep soul crying," writing that "up against the likes of N.W.A., Thomas sounds pathetic—but also real."[13] The Washington Post thought that Cry of the Prophets contained "some of the year's most pleasurable music," writing that it's "a groundbreaking fusion of '60s Southern soul singing, '70s rock 'n' roll guitar and '80s funk rhythms."[11]

Track listing[]

1."Angel Lady"0:55
2."Heart & Soul"4:14
3."Wanna Die With A Smile On My Face"3:24
4."Help Us, Somebody"5:43
5."Dance To The Music Till My Savior Comes"3:59
6."I'm Gonna Make It"5:00
8."All Nite Long"3:20
9."Last Real Man"4:37
10."I Need You"4:04
11."Cry of the Prophets"3:25


  1. ^ "Cry of the Prophets - Chris Thomas | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c Kot, Greg. "Chris Thomas Cry of the Prophets (Hightone/Sire)".
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Chris Thomas".
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 4: MUZE. p. 845.CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ Mitchell, Rick (May 13, 1990). "Recordings". Houston Chronicle. Zest. p. 10.
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b "*** Chris Thomas, "Cry of the Prophets," Sire/Hightone". Los Angeles Times. July 8, 1990.
  7. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 702.
  8. ^ Snider, Eric (25 May 1990). "Sound Bites". St. Petersburg Times. Weekend. p. 17.
  9. ^ Jump up to: a b "Chris Thomas King - O brother, who art thou?". No Depression. January 1, 2002.
  10. ^ Point, Michael (19 Apr 1990). "Thomas' `Cry of the Prophets' worth the yearlong wait". Austin American-Statesman. Onward. p. 19.
  11. ^ Jump up to: a b "THOMAS'S ADVICE HAVE A GOOD 'CRY'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  12. ^ Okamoto, David (11 May 1990). "Hard-rocking new bluesman relays gritty messages". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. p. D11.
  13. ^ Marcus, Greil (October 20, 2015). "Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014". Yale University Press – via Google Books.

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