Willis Earl Beal - 'Take Me Away'

A righteously malevolent clamour

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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.

Emily Mackay

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