Firstly, I am compelled to give my opinion of this album because the other review is really inaccurate and might put people off of listening to thie fine new artist.
Acousmatic Sorcery opens with a foreboding bell composition before seguing into the heavy, muddy blues of Take Me Away. Beal's voice is immediately grabbing, it is gutteral and raw, and his bleak poetic lyrics immediately made me think of Nick Drake, with Muddy Waters style delivery.
Beal is no one trick pony either. Throughout this album there are songs ranging from the fast and guitar driven, to compelling slow burning songs that exemplify his poetry and really compell the listener.
Yes, the musicianship is minimal, but it is the rawness and simplcity of drums that sound homemade, and crackling guitar loops that allow all the power of Beale's voice to suck you in. It's really beautiful.
There are even rap-styled songs, but think rap in the good sense. Good RZA I'm thinking.
But whatever style Beale attempts he is a complete success. Lyrically intelligent, his wit is bitter and his words fresh.
He could be the most exciting new artist to emerge in 2012, I think. Seriously there is not a song here that isn't very good and interesting.
My favourite song: Cosmic Queries, a reflective love song which culminates in the spoken word damnation reminiscent of Allen Ginsberg.
If you enjoy the White Stripes, The Black Keys, and other general blues and even rap performers, you are probably going to love Willis Earl Beal's fresh mixture of influences.
It deserves your ears attention.