Album #492 – The Poet
Bobby Womack is amazing. An underrated singer who never got his dues outside of the R&B world. The album The Poet was a great listen from start to finish. Womack first success came when he wrote the song, It’s All Over Now, which became a hit for the Rolling Stones in 1964. Womack then started playing guitar on records by Aretha Franklin and Sly and the Family Stone. The Poet was a comeback for Womack. He had a lack of success in the mid to late 70’s but did experiment with country. In fact, you can hear pedal steel on Just My Imagination. The Poet has a mixture of ballads and up tempo songs with Womack’s distinctive vocals. His family along with The Waters sing backing vocals that add to the songs. Nathan East, who would be Eric Clapton’s bassist by the end of the decade, lays down the groove. The album’s biggest hit, If You Think You’re Lonely Now, is an r&b staple. In fact, Mariah Carey mentions the song in her smash hit, We Belong Together. Womack never had success on the pop charts but, his brand of r&b is not only iconic, but makes you feel good too. Other highlights include: So Many Sides of You, Lay You’re Lovin’ on Me, Stand Up, Games and Where Do We Go From Here. Overall, I give The Poet, 4.5 out of 5.
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