But he ain’t no ordinary quack pushing pills ‘cause quick fixes ain’t his thing. His thing for your thing is his new album «Cuffs Off». Jumble the words a bit and perhaps the meaning comes off as «off-the-cuff» like in «free improvising». No doubt, free is the essence of this uncaged glittering bird of paradise. The album’s unplugged and it contrasts the voodoo mayhem of his earlier efforts. Looks like a kind of self-medication the good doc’s resorting to. But worry not, he’s alright and no resurrection ritual’s called for.
He’s still a gyrating and wailing multi-culti soundmachine. Blessed with great pipes plus gigantic all-around showbiz moxie, he releases a torrent of Bavarian-tinged New Orleans blues-infected rock’n’roll and he’s all too happy to inject his audience with it. Duded up in his customary screaming shiny all-red suit and topping it off with a top hat of the same hue he’s the consummate entertainer, the energetic showman of illustrious European tradition. Plus Dr. Will’s a writer and composer to be reckoned with. Why, «Cuffs Off» landed on the Best list of Die Deutsche Schallplatten Kritik. Critical acclaim aside, Dr. Will is at the core a good-time rockin’ voodoo doctor who’s curative concoctions are mixed together with a generous shot of Tom Waits elexir, a teaspoon full of Dr. John, a soupspoon of Bo Diddley special, a line of Captain Beefheart rounded out with an overdose of insanity. Joining and supporting this Paracelsus of the voodoo blues are The Wizards which is his backup band that features Jürgen Reiter, Uli Kümpfel, and…uh… Sahsmo Biebergeil.
Open wide to Dr. Will’s kind of medicine. You’ll leave our pharmacy having been cleansed by rituals you never knew existed.