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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Epic It’s a game of two halves as the enig­matic funk, soul and blues gui­tar vir­tu­oso makes a re­turn. On the one hand, there’s In­spi­ra­tion In­for­ma­tion, his flaw­less 1974 al­bum in which classics such as Aht Uh Mi Hed light the way with psy­che­delic soul bright­ness and won­der. To go with this reis­sue, Wings of Love rounds up 14 tracks recorded at var­i­ous stages from 1975 to 2000, when Otis was out of the lime­light and be­fore David Byrne’s in­ter­est brought a new au­di­ence his way. The prob­lem is that Wings of Love is lost on the swings and round­abouts as Otis tries out dif­fer­ent guises with­out ever com­ing close to hit­ting what made his pre­vi­ous work to vi­tal and ex­cit­ing. You def­i­nitely don’t want to hear Otis try­ing his hand at 1980s power-pop ( Wings of Love) or bad r’n’b ( Tryin’ to Get Close to You). It all makes for a deeply frus­trat­ing lis­ten. shug­gieo­tismu­sic. com

Aht Uh Mi Hed, In­spi­ra­tion In­for­ma­tion

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