Salt Sex Slaves is an ambitious concept album from Stace England & The Salt Kings that deals with a sordid chapter in local history. England's concise, bitterly ironic lyrics depict a time when Illinois companies were allowed to lease slaves, and free black citizens were kidnapped and sold at Southern auctions. The band's engaging music includes energetic country rock songs like "Kidnapping Venus" as well as homespun ballads like the heartbreaking "Shawne-etown." (
Terrence Flamm