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on 3 December 2013
This is the album that Willis always seemed to be promising to deliver.
His live performances are amazing (think Screamin' Jay Hawkins meets Tom Waits) and his first album hinted that he could produce a wonderful skewed soul album. The trouble with Acousmatic Sorcery (album one, which was released in various forms with different track-listings even before its formal release) was the lack of acceptable production values (it felt at times like a bootleg) and the real need for some backing musicians.
'Nobody Knows' addresses all those quibbles admirably. Not only do we now have a lovely production (despite the amusing comment on the sleeve that the album was 'Produced by Nobody') but Willis is now accompanied by organs, violins, drums etc. In addition he has enlisted the help of Cat Power on one of the songs (the lovely 'Coming Through').
This is a truly wonderful album of Otis style soul songs with a very 21st Century twist.
Believe the hype ... but start with this album before cautiously experimenting with the man's early demo recordings.
Better still catch him live as even this very good record gives you no clue as to his charismatic and crazy stage persona.
Buy this for any friend who wishes that STAX were still doing what they did in the 50's.
N.B. If you opt for the Vinyl version you won't be disappointed as it comes with artistic packaging, full lyrics and two discs.