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Album Review

Despite the strong lyrical content and the E-for-explicit sticker, Mr. Freak is as lighthearted at times as Wilson's affable Def Comedy Jam looks. You expect to hear a standup routine instead of the warm, robust soul singing you get. Every one of the ten songs has merit; not a dud in the bunch. The title track's boastful lyrics are softened by a jubilant beat and a singalong Sesame Street- styled chorus; "Lets Stomp" is a groovin' party song about drinkin' whiskey, eatin' chicken wings, and dancin' till dusk; a James Brown scream initiates the scandalous "Hoochie Booty," where Wilson describes the type of booty he likes — a hoochie booty. He gives an open invitation to married women encouraging infidelity on "I'll Be Your Lover," and he's love-struck on the romantic "Iim So Glad," which is perfect for slow dragging.

Biography

Born: 27 January 1957 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Charles Wilson was raised in Chicago, and started singing early; as a teenager he sang in Chicago area nightclubs but was too young to have a beer. Despite having R&B/blues singer Little Milton ("We're Gonna Make It") for an uncle, his "big break" didn't come until he got the opportunity to go on the road with Bobby Rush. He later opened for Z.Z. Hill, Otis Clay, Tyrone Davis, and Bobby "Blue" Bland. Wilson waxed his first single in 1964, but "Trying to Make a Wrong Thing Right," didn't do much;...
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