Call Me – Al Green (1973)


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An astonishingly beautiful album, “Call Me” is one of my favorite albums of all time. Period. An album entirely immersed feelings of love-stricken melancholy yet simultaneous yearning for something better, “Call Me” is indubitably Green’s best work. In all candor, I fucking love how breathtaking this album truly is.

Throughout “Me”‘s entire runtime, Green sets himself up as an entirely broken man, ¬†absolutely ruined by a failed love. Rather than stew in his explicit loneliness, Green is able to expertly tell a narrative chiefly concerned with emotional resurgence; that is, although he’s depressed, he still hangs on to whatever modicum of hope that life can offer him. This two-element focus on melancholy and hope makes “Call Me” one of the greatest albums in my (ever-growing) collection.

Onto Green’s voice. WOW! His voice leave me totally speechless as it’s both undeniably poignant and unbelievably exuberant at the same time. His impassioned vocal deliveries, the luxurious arrangements padding this album’s runtime and Green’s stellar knack for storytelling puts this album in my pantheon of most-treasured desert island masterpieces. That’s for damn sure.

Now, let’s look at a couple of my favorite songs off “Call Me”. Much like “Astral Weeks” (by Van Morrison), I find this an exceedingly difficult task. However, it must be done and so, without further ado, here we go. My favorite song, without question, is his cover of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. I’ve heard Williams’ original, Cash’s cover, and even the Cowboy Junkies’ take; however, Green blows everyone out of the water. Such an emotionally resonant song sung with utter conviction and undeniable passion. It makes me feel as if I’m wandering in some pastoral area in some far-away dream. Such an awesome song.

Next is the intense album closer, “Jesus Is Waiting”. What a closer! Green’s voice might be at its best here. Just maybe. Love is the only answer and the only salvation, ladies and gentlemen (at least according to Mr. Green himself).

In conclusion, “Call Me” is without a doubt one of my most-treasured albums in my musical collection. What a pleasant and musically rich desert I’ve found myself on, at this moment in time.

My Grade: A+

Glad to be back, ladies and gentlemen!




Author: Zach

Millennial who loves stellar music!

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