All Directions (1972) by The Temptations

Categories: 1972 and Music.

I don’t know what to do with vocal groups. Most of my music-listening life I have been more impressed with the ability to play an instrument well than sing well. So when I listen to a record where the vocalists are all credited but the players aren’t really, I already get muddled, regardless of the music I’m listening to. I just don’t understand the obsession with vocals above all other things. Read More

Al Green is Love (1975)

Categories: 1975 and Music.

I have heard so much about Al Green, I guess I was bound to be disappointed. This is very competent, able smooth soul. Green is undeniably a great performer. But I like my music with a little oomph behind it. As someone who values both grit and history, it’s hard for me to understand why this is considered such a classic (by critics anyway) when it glosses over and doesn’t appear to improve upon what went before it. Well, anyway, I’m definitely not the audience. Fine, but I’m not going to go out of my way to listen to more. Read More