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Menagerie

Bill Withers

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Album Review

Following the twin peaks of Still Bill and Live at Carnegie Hall in the early '70s, Bill Withers had a little trouble sustaining his peak of creativity, along with his chart positions. He still made good music and had hits, but had trouble delivering a consistent album that brought him back to the heights of his Sussex work. Finally, in 1977, he delivered Menagerie, an assured return to form by one of soul's greatest singer/songwriters of the '70s. If Menagerie doesn't have the earthiness or consistent brilliance of Still Bill, it nevertheless has a solid set of songs and an easy, relaxed charm that is thoroughly winning. Where his Sussex material was slyly eclectic, touching on a number of different styles, this album is more cohesive, a smooth album that points the way toward quiet storm while retaining a warm soulfulness, largely due to Withers' wonderful voice. Even when the tempo gets sprightly, as on "Lovely Night for Dancing," there's a relaxed vibe and a nice sheen to the production that keeps things even-handed and easy. As such, those listeners who preferred the darker undercurrents that ran through such songs as "Use Me" and "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?" may find this a little too amiable, but that's just a matter of taste — this is an easy record to like, after all, with a consistent tone and a soothing vibe, plus a good set of songs. If it's not as distinctive as his Sussex records, it's nevertheless an undeniable high point in his catalog. [The 2003 reissue contains three bonus tracks: a previously unreleased demo of "Rosie," a single version of "Lovely Night for Dancing," and an instrumental of "Let Me Be the One You Need."]

Customer Reviews

This Song is Simpley... Lovely!

I am a girl who loves rock, and new kinds of pop. I never thought I would like this. Lovely day is a brilliant song, that I can't resist! I have bought the song, and the play count is over 50! You will never get tired of this good spirted song. The album is also great, (I just never had much money to buy the rest of them!) This album is definitly worth while, but if ya dont wanna buy the whole thing... make sure to buy lovely day! It will make every day you listen to it, a lovely day! -BCL

Rosie

I love this alblum and Rosie is one of the BEST songs ever!!!! Everyone needs to buy this alblum to hear music and singing REAL SINGING at it's best

Rosie

Rosie is the masterpiece of the album!...thank you mr west for sampling it in Roses...2 great songs!

Biography

Born: July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, WV

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Songwriter/singer/guitarist Bill Withers is best remembered for the classic "Lean on Me" and his other million-selling singles "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Use Me," but he has a sizable cache of great songs to his credit. Al Jarreau recorded an entire CD of Withers' songs on Tribute to Bill Withers (Culture Press 1998). His popular radio-aired...
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