Nobody Knows - Willis Earl Beal
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  • Summary: The second release for the singer-songwriter features Rodaidh McDonald and a duet with Cat Powers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 11, 2013
    80
    A masterful song cycle of raw confessionals, ghostly R&B and gritty stompers, all channelled via intense vocals that razor and soothe. [Nov 2013, p.94]
  2. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    With Nobody Knows Willis Earl Beal has rescued soul from the depths of the X Factor's Motown week.
  3. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    It's hard to tell if the album feels angrier and grittier than its predecessor, or if peeling off the layers of lo-fidelity actually reveal an artist more raw and without rules than we first perceived.
  4. Sep 4, 2013
    70
    More polished than 2012's ragged debut, Acousmatic Sorcery. [Oct 2013, p.63]
  5. Sep 12, 2013
    70
    There’s no denying that the elements that make up Nobody knows. are profoundly captivating, from the album's rich sonic detail to Beal’s reliably powerhouse vocals and personality. But as refined as these elements are, they still don’t quite add up to make the excellent record that many of us are still waiting for Beal to finally make.
  6. 70
    It’s not a mulligan by any means, but more a second round of laying all his raw talent out on the table before the unraveling of his mystery begins.
  7. 60
    It’s possible to like this record in theory while imagining one that’s 50 percent more enjoyable.

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  1. Sep 19, 2013
    10
    The man loves TOM WAITS so do I and I LOVE this album.
    More produced and fuller than his amazing debut there's still a really nice
    The man loves TOM WAITS so do I and I LOVE this album.
    More produced and fuller than his amazing debut there's still a really nice experimentation and home-made feel I can really hear PJ Harvey in there too which goes beautifully with his other influences Beefheart, Dylan and I'm guessing Stax soul if you love any of these buy it it's a charmer
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