Gary Wilson

'Lisa Wants to Talk to You'

Mysterious singer blurs line between stalker and genius.

Spin Rating6 of 10

Resurfacing in 2002 after more than two decades in obscurity, San Diego's Gary Wilson -- who has prowled stages completely wrapped in gauze and duct tape -- recharges that unsettling outsider persona on his fourth album. While the chintzy synthesizers echo wistful R&B, his trembling voice adds a creepy edge to these tales of unrequited love, as Wilson singles out his objects of desire by name. Still, when he asks, "Where were you when I needed you?" in "Sandy," it's hard not to feel for this wounded misfit.

By Jon Young