The Facts of Life

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Womack is one of the most prolific and influential acts in R&B and rock. With songs like "I Can Understand It," "Harry Hippie," and "Woman Got to Have It," Womack often displayed a depth, candor, and an expert turn of phrase that helped him outpace his contemporaries. Facts of Life is the follow-up to the 1972 classic Communication. This album is even better. Womack is known for his often uncomfortably real takes on love, life, and relationships, and Facts of Life expertly deals with a myriad of subjects. The only released single is his revamped take of the standard "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out." The song has been done ad infinitum, but Womack put a nasty ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Womack is one of the most prolific and influential acts in R&B and rock. With songs like "I Can Understand It," "Harry Hippie," and "Woman Got to Have It," Womack often displayed a depth, candor, and an expert turn of phrase that helped him outpace his contemporaries. Facts of Life is the follow-up to the 1972 classic Communication. This album is even better. Womack is known for his often uncomfortably real takes on love, life, and relationships, and Facts of Life expertly deals with a myriad of subjects. The only released single is his revamped take of the standard "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out." The song has been done ad infinitum, but Womack put a nasty edge on it that made it sound like a song he wrote himself. "I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love to You" is punctuated by his great guitar riffing and plaintive vocal and lyrical gems like, "See when you take my heart/ I can't let you take my soul." "He'll Be There When the Sun Goes Down" benefits from more witticisms and a strong string arrangement from Womack and Rene Hall. Perhaps the most surprising thing about Facts of Life is that Womack is so adept at taking others' material and making it his own. "Natural Man," a cover of "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," is the biggest shock here. Where Aretha Franklin's version had her skillfully shouting from the rooftops, Womack brings tenderness to the lyric and is believable. Produced by Womack and recorded in Muscle Shoals with its renowned players, Facts of Life is an album of undeniable craft.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/1994
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • UPC: 724382914228
  • Catalog Number: 29142
  • Sales rank: 11,404

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Womack Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Pete Carr Guitar
Barry Beckett Piano, Keyboards
Roger Hawkins Drums
David Hood Bass
Clayton Ivey Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Jerry Masters Bass
Truman Thomas Keyboards
David Turner Guitar
Technical Credits
Bobby Womack Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
James Cox Composer
Rene Hall String Arrangements
Jerry Masters Engineer
Kerry McNabb Engineer
Tom Cartwright Executive Producer, Reissue Producer
Mike Salisbury Art Direction
Jimmy Cox Composer
Dawn Van Patten Contributor, Sample Clearance
Phill Brown Mastering
Phillip Hays Illustrations
Terence Raymon Woodford Composer
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