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Bill Horwitz

  • Lies, Lies, Lies [ESP-Disk', 1975] B-

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Lies, Lies, Lies [ESP-Disk', 1975]
Like most topical singer-songwriters, Horwitz succumbs to the obvious (calling him Henry Kiss-of-Death isn't much of a punch line), the rhetorical (the word "bosses" in "Father," which almost manages to bridge the generation gap through class feeling, suggests the Daily Worker rather than a daily worker), and the simplistic (equating the Army Corps of Engineers with the Czar's cossacks does injustice to both). But unlike most topical songwriters, Horwitz also has brushed with wisdom (the post-utopian revolutionary commitment of "Sadness"); he sounds fresh because he is. As an anticapitalist, Horwitz figured taking his tapes to the big record companies would be a waste of time, so I can't fulminate about why this is on ESP Disk' while Richie Lecea is with RCA and Myles & Lenny record for CBS. But given the courage of the record companies in these ledger-conscious times, he was probably right. B-