I reviewed the new Willis Earl Beal album Nobody Knows for Paste. Read the piece here.
NYT critic Ben Ratliff wrote about it too, he had stronger feelings. Check that here.
A video of Mr. Beal below, performing the song “Wavering Lines” without any instruments:
And here’s the late ’70s Lou Reed track I mentioned in my piece. Something similar to the string motif Reed uses appears in the album version of “Wavering Lines.”