7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Warm to hot,
This review is from: Cooler Shakers! - 30 Northern Soul Floorstompers (Audio CD)
Don't be put off by the punning title of this compilation. None of the artists are playing it cool - some are absolutely on fire. The better known artists on this CD (Gladys Knight, Ohio Players, Ann Sexton) are as soulful as you'd expect. But my favourites were the slightly introspective or unusual tracks.
None better than the opener 'Lonely for You Baby' by Sam Dees. A great bass intro builds the tension until the vocal and horns burst into life. It packs a punch and then fades out all too soon. 'I Hurt on the Other Side' by Sidney Barnes also goes from melancholy to anguish. Not quite Smokey Robinson but good nonetheless.
In total contrast, I also like the cute intrumental by Van McCoy 'Sweet and Easy'. There are 30 tracks so the pace varies in the middle and a little fatigue may set in. But there's a strong finish to the album with the two mini-epics 'I'm Stepping Out of the Picture' and 'Long After Tonight is All Over'. Both are slower songs but still full of drama. Overall this is a pretty satisfying slice of soul.