They Say I'm Different
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Featuring a futuristic cover predating David Bowie's science fiction funk, Betty Davis crafted an inspired second album, leading with Shoo-B Doop and Cop Him (later sampled by Ice Cube) and made up of classic cuts like Don't Call Her No Tramp and the mesmerizing punk soul of He Was A Big Freak. This was the first album Betty produced entirely by herself and she really sharpened up her songs and performances for it.
This 1974 masterpiece finally receives a long-overdue proper reissue with Part Two of Oliver Wang's liner notes (Part One is included in the reissue of Betty's first, self-titled album) and an endless array of photos and archival material, plus a number of previously unreleased bonus tracks. As with the 2007 reissue of her first album, Betty Davis, this is also available on LP.
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All of her studio albums are worth owning, and listening too, but for an introduction "They Say I'm Different" is a great place to start and my favorite of her albums. This particular version has some great bonus tracks too. Surprised it took me so long to find this album, but I'm glad that I did. Just a great album.
Davis' alternate screaming and cooing is complemented by rich, swampy timbres from the backing band, which does without the brightness of horns - there is a muted trumpet line towards the end of track 1, but that's about it. The rhythm section is instead filled out by guitar, organ, clav, and acoustic piano, riffing and oodling above the bass and drum parts. The groove stays loose through both slow-stewing tracks like "Special People" and more propulsive numbers like "Git In There".
This particular edition (I bought mine from amazon) comes in an attractive digipak and has a generous (30 page) album booklet, and apparently with this CD release, Davis is finally getting the royalties.
This album is truly excellent. For those like myself who have a distaste for lengthy jams and meaningless lyrics, but still enjoy funk's danceability and punchiness, They Say I'm Different is a revelation. And aside from sheer sexual strength, tracks like "70s Blues" and "Don't Call Her No Tramp" have genuine emotional resonance.
She is funny, sexy and smart and so are the lyrics. Nothing but music legends contributed to this album. So if you want to get out the matrix of garbage called today's music I suggest you take this red pill.
I hope more people my age take a listen.