Thursday, December 15, 2011
Otis Gibbs "One Day Our Whispers" (2004)
When you sit down & start to listen to numerous releases from a single artist, you start to notice the changes. In some cases, it's experiments gone bad. Other times, it seems like the technique shows improvement over time. Of course we don't always know the whole story -- were the songs written over a long period of time? were there issues with drugs or alcohol? But even without the complete context, it's interesting to hear what changes & what stays the same.
"One Day Our Whispers" covers ground similar to Gibbs' later releases. But the songs aren't quite up to the level of what he created later. There are some definite high spots, but the consistency is missing.