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YMMV: Paul Williams
Acclaimed Flop: Someday Man was adored by critics from the day it was released, and has seen increasing praise throughout the years, but it never sold well.
Phantom of the Paradise became huge in Winnipeg (and precisely nowhere else, except perhaps the French underground scene). When Williams later held a concert there, the reception he got (particularly from women and young girls) was likened to The Beatles during the height of Beatlemania (only on a... smaller scale, literally). When Phantompalooza was held there some thirty years later, Williams' reception was certainly not much less enthusiastic.
Also, he has a bit of a following in Japan, where his old albums have been re-released before they ever were in the west. He even recorded a live album in Japan.
Ear Worm: "Someday we'll find it, the Rainbow Connection..."
Ending Fatigue: The album version of "Sad Song" drags on a little bit at the end. "Hey Jude" it ain't. A few more than a few prefer the brevity of the Muppet Show version.
Epic Riff: "The Hell of It". Actually, make that any rock song from Phantom.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The cover for Crazy for Loving You with its diner table-ful of booze unintentionally gets a little bit too close to home, considering this is basically right before everything broke down for real.
Harsher in Hindsight: Swan's rampant drug abuse and paranoia becomes a little more disturbing now that it's been revealed to be not that far off from reality.
Williams makes no secret of his status as a "card-carrying sentimentalist" of the Hallmark variety, however, he himself feels he slipped into sentiment for sentiment's sake midway through the '70s.
For all that Paul's "Rainbow Connection" duet with Willie Nelson is a perfect way to open I'm Going Back There Someday... he sandwiches in the words "That's what happens when you wish upon a star" right at the end. ...Yeah, basically.
Paul's best work is just so... powerful. His biggest strength as a lyricist is being able to take raw, heartfelt emotion and distil it into words. Sometimes... those words are very, very sad. You could be reading only the lyrics and the effect just might be strangely similar. The guy knows how you feel, man.
"Still Alive". Sad, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, all at the same time.