Paul Williams

Someday Man

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Jobbing songwriter and actor Paul Williams only provided lyrics on his debut album -- all the music was composed by producer Roger Nichols. Williams' vocal limitations are immediately clear. His voice is thin, inarticulate, and markedly stunted of range -- it takes considerable getting used to. The ten songs here roll along merrily enough in a soft rock vein, but none is particularly mesmerizing. The plaintive "I Know You" is a touching moment and "Roan Pony" reveals a penchant for the kind of greeting-card whimsy that would later spawn some of Williams' big songwriting hits ("Rainy Days and Mondays," "Evergreen"). The rest is stuff that no one would object to hearing, principally because the listener is more than likely to have forgotten it a few minutes after the disc stops spinning.

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