Willis Earl Beal – ‘Take Me Away’


A righteously malevolent clamour

Chicagoan Beal, the multi-talented, multi-genred first signee to XL’s new imprint Hot Charity, has declared his desire to be “the black Tom Waits”. Sure enough, this righteously malevolent clamour, all hammer-and-tongs bellowing and clanking, straddles a raw, timeless space between Waits’ ‘Real Gone’ and Lead Belly.

[i]Emily Mackay[/i]


Record label: XL Recordings