Gary Wilson, 'Lisa Wants to Talk to You' (Human Ear)

Lisa Wants to Talk to You
Critical Mass
Label: Human Ear

by Jon Young

Resurfacing in 2002 after more than two decades in obscurity, San Diego's Gary Wilson -- who has prowled stages completely wrapped in gauze and duct tape -- recharges that unsettling outsider persona on his fourth album. While the chintzy synthesizers echo wistful R&B, his trembling voice adds a creepy edge to these tales of unrequited love, as Wilson singles out his objects of desire by name. Still, when he asks, "Where were you when I needed you?" in "Sandy," it's hard not to feel for this wounded misfit.

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