Andre Williams Sez Blame It On Obama


Just in time for that
election stuff…


By Blurt Staff


Our favorite funk-soul brutha Andre Williams is set to
release something like, what, his 47th album this year come Oct. 2:
that’s when Alive/Naturalsound drops Life,
the followup to his recent Night and Day,
(cut with the Sadies) and Hoods and
. Williams has long been one of the BLURT braintrust’s abiding
mentors, having provided Senior Editor Randy Harward
with five enduring truths of life way back in 2008 shortly after we launched.
Among those nuggets o’ truth: “Keep a song in your heart, and a story in your
mind,” “More than one woman is trouble,” and “Drugs is good if you got nothin’
to do.” But of course!


He’s got some fresh advice for you, the huddled masses,
during this election season. To wit: “Blame It on Obama.” You can listen to it



ANDRE WILLIAMS – Blame It On Obama by Pavement PR



Some album details,
courtesy the label:
Life was
recorded this past winter in Detroit,
the city where his musical career first began in the 1950s. Andre’s new songs
are his latest experiments and explorations outside of the garage-soul bag that
he’s often associated with. Produced by Matthew Smith, the album’s sonic
palette recalls the work of Norman Whitfield’s Motown productions, ’70s Rolling
Stones, Can, Bill Withers, Serge Gainsbourg, as well as Andre’s own doo-wop and
funk history. Life finds Andre in a
pretty upbeat mood, whether he’s singing about people being rude and impatient
(“But’n”), or laying down a political commentary (“Blame it on Obama”),
reciting a children’s bedtime story (“Ty the Fly”), singing a simple love song
(“Stuck in the Middle”, “It’s Only You That I Love”), or conjuring a nocturnal
fetish-sex-groove (“Heels”). The album also includes his own definitive rocking
version of the standard he wrote and produced for the Five Du-Tones in 1963,
“Shake a Tail Feather.” It’s a reminder that Andre Williams is one of the
original guys who invented rock n’ roll.




Track listing:


1. Stuck In The Middle

2. But’n

3. Don’t Kick My Dog

4. Blame It On Obama

5. Heels

6. Beep Beep Beep

7. It’s Only You That I Love

8. Money Ain’t Got No Loyalty

9. Shake A Tail Feather

10. Ty The Fly



[Photo Credit: Robert Matheu]



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