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This review is from: Has Been (Audio CD)
I was going to try and play this review for laughs, but dammit, I'm too far under this album's spell- I am quite astonished, yea, a changed fellow, for William Shatner's 'Has Been' is... brilliant! Yes, initially I listened to it probably trying to be 'ironic'- 'let's all laugh at that fellow who was in T. J. Hooker,' but I am now apologetic for any wayward remarks I may have made. He does talk all the way through, which may be off-putting to some, but it's not like the album lacks melodies- it's compensated for with bass and lovely guitar which work together with the excellent diction of the man himself to form a fantastic poetic whole. And actually, this isn't at all like his old (and possibly terrible) stuff like Lucy In The Sky With Yada Yada, it's a fully rounded and well constructed piece- his collaborators are no small fry- the excellent Lemon Jelly and Henry Rollins (in the hilarious 'I can't Get Behind That.' So it has melodies, astonishingly touching and clever lyrics (which beg for some sort of award); there's loveliness, and there's the line 'the Colonel is break dancing.'
It still might not have worked though, if it wasn't for the marvellously self-deprecating humour of Will himself ('what are you afraid of? Failure? Because I am.'), so you can't mock it for being too serious, and neither does it ever descend into camp schamltz. If you saw Mr. Shatner sitting in a bar, possibly with a quiet, possibly sad, smile on his face and a whiskey at his elbow, you might predict he'd make music like this.