Billie Joe Becoat

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Becoat made a little-known 1969 folk-rock album for Fantasy that leaned closer to folk than rock, although it did use a light rhythm section. Reflections From a Cracked Mirror was an apt title considering…
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Becoat made a little-known 1969 folk-rock album for Fantasy that leaned closer to folk than rock, although it did use a light rhythm section. Reflections From a Cracked Mirror was an apt title considering the rather scrambled, earnest reflections of the singer/songwriter. His vocal delivery is like a cross between Van Morrison and Dino Valenti, as odd as that combination might sound. Although there are full-band arrangements, the impression is that of a folky troubadour being dragged into the modern era, with bluesy and reasonably tuneful, well-sung compositions whose lyrics are considerably more downcast than the relatively upbeat music. The songs are those of a man approaching the edge, hounded by some internal demons and an external society with which he's finding hard to cope. It wouldn't have been at all surprising to come across him a few years later, scraping a living on the street as a busker, unable to adjust to any other job, after his album sold virtually nothing.