10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a songwriter, Bill Withers always favored simple arrangements and closely observed images of everyday life over grand gestures, and on ‘Justments this tendency only becomes more pronounced. Listeners looking for anthemic refrains on the order of Still Bill’s “Lean on Me” may find themselves disappointed by this reflective, deliberately quiet set. But those willing to pay attention will find that ‘Justments is ultimately one of Withers' most rewarding efforts and contains some of his very best and most underappreciated work. Many of the contributors who made Withers’ earlier studio efforts for Sussex so remarkable return here, including bassist Mel Dunlop and drummer James Gadson; their precision and inventiveness add unexpected rhythmic flavor to even Withers’ most relaxed ballads. Sussex execs chose the brooding “Same Love That Made Me Laugh” as the album's lead single. Yet nearly any of the uniformly strong compositions here would have served equally well, particularly “Can We Pretend,” which features gorgeous, near-psychedelic production flourishes; it's one of the set's strongest moments.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

As a songwriter, Bill Withers always favored simple arrangements and closely observed images of everyday life over grand gestures, and on ‘Justments this tendency only becomes more pronounced. Listeners looking for anthemic refrains on the order of Still Bill’s “Lean on Me” may find themselves disappointed by this reflective, deliberately quiet set. But those willing to pay attention will find that ‘Justments is ultimately one of Withers' most rewarding efforts and contains some of his very best and most underappreciated work. Many of the contributors who made Withers’ earlier studio efforts for Sussex so remarkable return here, including bassist Mel Dunlop and drummer James Gadson; their precision and inventiveness add unexpected rhythmic flavor to even Withers’ most relaxed ballads. Sussex execs chose the brooding “Same Love That Made Me Laugh” as the album's lead single. Yet nearly any of the uniformly strong compositions here would have served equally well, particularly “Can We Pretend,” which features gorgeous, near-psychedelic production flourishes; it's one of the set's strongest moments.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

47 Ratings

47 Ratings

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suave................

This of all is the most blessed album back in our time the 1970's.And he had many great one's just that this one was never ever available till today 7/23/09.People of today will enjoy this cd as well since it fits every generation with its eternal meaning.Of love,despair and then again happiness a full circle of emotions that Bill Withers knew how to explain.God Bless Bill Withers from all of us and me now 53 you helped me through some tuff little times back then.You showed us that life does continue and eventually one recovers if they stick around to realize this advice.They are little times now from looking back,they were just the path to something better.

Finally available again--Bill's lost classic

Hackmartian

This never came out on CD, but thankfully you can download it here. Another fantastic Bill Withers album in the same pocket as Just As I Am and Still Bill, which means the kind of down-home sanger/songwriter groove that nobody has done before or since. Own it.

check out Stories

dometrias

If there's one track you choose to select from this album check out Stories, beautiful song

About Bill Withers

Singer/songwriter Bill Withers took soul music in a radically introspective direction in the early '70s, reviving the world-weary storytelling of the blues and embracing the autobiographical intimacy of folk rock. Already shaped by a lifetime of racial injustice and emotional upheaval by the time he first entered the studio in his early thirties, the West Virginia-born Withers applied hard-won, humanistic wisdom to sketches of striving city dwellers ("Harlem"), estranged fathers ("I'm Her Daddy"), and anguished alcoholics ("Better Off Dead”) with a voice that could soothe or scald. Bringing that same maturity to soul's greatest subject, Withers could revel in the small moments that make love feel sublime ("Lovely Day”), capture the devastation of a relationship’s regrets ("Ain't No Sunshine”), and offer inspiration while reaching out to a friend in need (“Lean on Me”). He left an undeniable stamp on socially conscious, intimately personal R&B singer/songwriters like Anthony Hamilton and D'Angelo, freeing them to mine life's deepest pleasures and darkest pains while finding poetry in day-to-day struggle.

HOMETOWN
Slab Fork, WV
BORN
July 4, 1938

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