fredag 18 december 2015


Their third LP out of four recorded and issued in just a little more than a year. After three no.1 singles and their previous "ABC" album reaching #4 on Billboard they didn't waste any time and this follow-up arrived just four months later. With such time schedule you could expect flaws, signs of diminished inspiration or dutiful fillers, but on the surface this sounds amazingly enthused and fresh. As its predecessor it got to #4 on Billboard and spawned their fourth consecutive no.1 single - "I'll Be There" - sold six millions world wide and is today by many considered the combo's best effort. I don't know....even if it has a good portion classic Motown feeling and the production and audio is top notch it's a little too cute for me. Michael Jackson doing most of the lead vocals. His childish voice straining to fit the very grown-up arrangements, like heavily orchestrated ballads or pumping uptempo, may have melted many hearts through the years, but the only track on this that really touches mine is "Can I See You In The Morning" - soul psych with an odd construction, adventurous strings and fetching vocals. I wish they'd skipped some of the mushier cuts for more like that. Premiere US on Motown (S-718). Issued and reissued on vinyl, cassette, 8-track and CD all over the world through the years. First UK had label as shown here and laminated flip/back cover. (TÖMÖ*)

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