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Social commentary dressed in Soul,
This review is from: Ship Ahoy (Bonus Track) (Audio CD)
It seems that every major 70's Soul act had an album that defined them - this is the O'Jays defining album. Here you will find social comment with an uptempo groove, as anti racism, the ecology and morality all get an airing, along with the more common "love and loss " fare.
Some tracks will be familiar (and the title track should be required listening for all I feel), but the sheer variety of this album deserves your attention. There's slow burning Soul on "You got Your Hooks in Me" and Don't Call Me Brother" while "...Money" checks into a Funk groove. Mid tempo numbers like "Now That We Found Love" and "This Air..." showcase the vocal abilities of the group and overall you can hear echoes of every major Black music genre from the Blues to Jazz on this album.
Philly Soul has sometimes got a bad press from those who believe it ushered in the Disco era with its vacuous formulaic appraoch - well this album is Philly Soul and it don't follow no formula. This is Soul,at its best and with a capital "S".