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4.0 out of 5 stars 'A Consistently Good Set', 10 July 2011
Antony May (East Sussex, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Love Dont Grow On Trees (Audio CD)
'Love Don't Grow On Trees' did virtually nothing when released in 1982. The reason for this perhaps being that synths had started to take over dance floor records and so Waldo and their real instruments sounded a bit dated. 'You Bring Out The Freak In Me' crept into the top 70 on the R&B chart in the U.S but that was as far as the band got and thus we were robbed of a second album. I say robbed because, listening to this today, it's very value is ironically in the pleasure you get in hearing real musicians playing funky riffs - exactly what made it fail to sell in the first place!

Best track is 'When It Comes To You' a typical Willie Lester and Rodney Brown type dancer. Not exactly another 'Check Out The Groove' it does have that wriggly infectiousness that gets you up and dancing. Waldo are quite an unusual band vocally and lead singer, Tyrone Lester, has a gruff voice (a tad like a certain Mr Womack) that takes a bit of getting into but his style of singing works perfectly on another of the albums stand out songs, 'Looks Can Be Deceiving', which includes a killer jazzy piano solo half way through.

The odd but funky 'You Get What You Pay For' and the mid-temp title track are other highlights but this is a consistent set and there really isn't a lot to pick between any of the songs quality wise. This all makes for a decent listen and while the subject matter is universally 'lurve and the ladies', Waldo have a style all of their own so that never becomes a problem. If you love early 80's soul/funk and are thinking about getting this because of that, you may be advised to check this out first before buying but if you are into late 70's stuff like Sharon Redd and Bobby Thurston you will love this - especially if you missed/ignored it at the time.

Well worth investigating.
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