Feel the Power

Wesley Willis

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Feel the Power Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Two months after American Records released Fabian Roadwarrior, the first major-label album by Wesley Willis, they rushed out Feel the Power. Predictably, it sounds exactly the same as its predecessor, as well as the indie albums that preceded it, despite the production of the inventive Dust Brothers -- it's an endless series of short songs that share the same chords and melodies. The only things that change are Willis' subjects. This time, he's written songs for musicians like Alice in Chains and Snoop Doggy Dogg, several people who work at American Records, rock & roll, buses, etc. Sure, it's bizarre, but that's not necessarily a virtue, given Willis' mental illness. With that in mind, it's hard not to feel like the album is exploitive.

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