My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
This is my 501st post, the one which marks going past the half-way point. The start almost four and a half years ago came just as I was finishing grad school. I had the idea to listen to all of the albums in this book, all 1001 of them. The idea of blogging my thoughts came from the fact that I wanted to keep writing on a regular basis in order to keep any skill up that I had gained while in school. I kind of settled on a layout from the first post and have stuck with it. I’m also somewhat superstitious so I don’t often break from that form.
I’m aware that I’m not a great writer and I should really spend a lot more time refining my posts. That would take the fun out of it for me and so its’s a bit… raw. It is fun for me too, I’ve hardly thought of it as a weight over these years and I’m excited to continue with the second half. I’ve even wondered from time to time what I’ll do when I finish this list. I want to say thanks for reading these posts, I really don’t mind the idea of blogging into an abyss, but it is nice to know there are at least a few of you that check in occasionally.
I love the gems I’ve found from doing this list. Hot Buttered Soul comes to mind. I never would have gotten into seventies soul and funk without that album. Its singlehandedly changed my outlook on an age and genre that I never had any connection or any way to relate to. The bad ones are fun sometimes too, I’m a pretty positive person and sometimes it’s nice to go down that road so I can play the villain. The only ones that bother me are the “just ok” albums. How to you say, “It’s fine” over and over. That’s when I really feel lacking in skill. Hopefully, the next five hundred are really polarizing!
Now onto the real post:
Brief Background: Poet is the thirteenth studio album by Bobby Womack. Poet was recorded during 1981 and released in November of the same year. The album was considered a comeback for Womack.
What I think: This album has me torn. Is it fun Soul and R&B, or is it cheesy Soul and R&B? Is it better because the sound of it is locked firmly into 1981 or is that a fault?
I really wanted to think of it as a fun album that is locked in the sound of 1981, but I just can’t. The album just suffers from that sound and the emotional subject matter of the songs. Then there is the song “Just My Imagination”, but it isn’t the Temptations song and the writers of that Tempations song (Whitfield and Strong) don’t get writing credits despite the fact that the lyrics are basically just switched up a little bit. I think Womack got away with one there.
I do have to say there are a couple really nice gems at the end of the album with “Games”, “If You’re Lonely Now” and “Where Do We Go From Here”, they just don’t make up for what’s lacking in the other material.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I want to like it, I just can’t. I’m going to pass.
Rating (Out of 5) 2
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (382/501)
Amount that are new to me: 76%