SWAMP DOGG

Q (UK) - - Q Review - LOVE, LOSS, AND AUTO-TUNE JOY­FUL NOISE, OUT 7 SEPTEM­BER

A record­ing artist since 1954, Vir­ginia’s Jerry Wil­liams, Jr has made some of the looni­est mu­sic in R&B, his acid-charged 1970 de­but To­tal De­struc­tion To Your Mind re­mains a clas­sic. Here he’s joined by pro­ducer Ryan Olson from Poliça and Bon Iver’s Justin Ver­non on “dig­i­tal ef­fects”, who layer Auto-Tune and gauzy retro­mod­ern elec­tro-funk onto Swamp Dogg’s core moves of healthy dirt­i­ness and time-hon­oured blues songcraft. De­spite the gild­ing, Wil­liams’s voice and per­sona come through loud and clear on the comedic Sex With Your Ex and the heart­sick I’ll Pre­tend, while the clos­ing, only slightly de­ranged cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s Star Dust proves he re­ally is an old ro­man­tic at heart. Warped and touch­ing, this is an LP for both higher and lower selves. ★★★ IAN HARRISON Lis­ten To: I’ll Pre­tend | Star Dust

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