This is a voice that tells you everything going on in the mind informing it. Every one of Betty Davis’ desires are catapulted through her vocal chords—few singers could have such a volatile expression and almost none have put on a performance that bounces off its own excess so well. Even on the relatively serene stream of ‘In The Meantime,’ the heat is searing. ‘Betty Davis’ is a record of unparalleled vigour: it slaps about and wails like a cultured, trapped pale of emotion. The end result of one of the grooviest, zaniest records of the 70s and a contagious degree of corking bass.
A favourite: ‘Walkin’ Up the Road’