Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Little Willie G.: Make Up for the Lost Time (2000)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

Little Willie G.
Make Up for the Lost Time

The lost time referred to in this album’s title is the thirty-plus years since Willie Garcia last hit pay dirt with “Whittier Blvd.” and a handful of other garage-era nuggets as the lead singer of the East-L.A. combo Thee Midnighters. And against all odds he not only makes up for the lost time, he makes a down payment on his musical future. With Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo manning the console, Garcia and his richly expressive lounge band make the sort of suave, soul album that the world’s several-hundred-thousand Aaron Neville fans can surely relate to. As for young-George Clinton fans, they’ll relate to the inspired cover of “(I Wanna) Testify.” Rating: Four-and-a-half cha-cha’s out of five.

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