Jun 27, 2012

Bill Withers - Just As I am (1971)

Sorta underrated compared to 1972's Still Bill- a shame 'cause Withers' voice is already that mix of velvety but still straight from the stomach, and while the songs just aren't as good as on his masterpiece, they tell a story both personal and political as Withers describes injustice with aggression, and heartbreak with such genuine sadness that the only logical conclusion to what he builds is to Scarface/Big at the end of Better off Dead. While he might genuinely hope she'll be happier with him, he'll keep coming back any way (Ain't No Sunshine), so decides he is in fact better off dead. Moving and enjoyable- soul by way of folk



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