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The Great Voice leaves a worthy legacy,
This review is from: Midnight Love (Audio CD)
If I was to think of the greatest singer of any Pop Genre I would be hard pressed to instantly say any other name apart from Marvine Gaye.
Not really a big Soul Music fan so called masterpiece's Whats Going On(1971) and mid seventies opus I want You (1976) didnt do for me, obviously Soul is not my native music I would say Rock and Pop is.
Midnight Love was Marvin Gayes last album before his untimely and tragic death. despite the recent drug taking and domestic issues it is one of his most coherent and acesable long players out with the various Greatest Hits packages) His best album since Lets Get it on 1973, however it is a more harder dance oriented piece then the romantic soul bearing of LGO.
The album starts of in a funky direct way with Midnight Love there is the good time Party Vibes of Rocking after Midnight which starts of in a good time bogie kind of way but reaches unexpected Musical hights towards the crescendo. Till Tommorow is Marvin doing his lounge croner bit along with some piercing yet effective falseto(more akin to some of his late seventies stuff)
Turn on some Music is a musicial work out(jam) that sounds like that starts of as silky poke music but builds to a darker final no doubt influenced by some substance. A dark mody number,Third World Girl is a hard raw number where he really bears his soul.
The album ends on a uplifiting note with Joy and My Love is waiting Joy would have been a fiting swan song despite seeing some dark times in his personal life and reflected in his pre ceding albums here Gaye still finds time for optimisum and a greater concern for the world around him and how good the simple things that transcend man made constraints can be.
My Love is waiting is an old school smouchy acesable soul Number the kind the public wanted from him.
Midnight Love is a slick Production but the music hits hights that Many of the eighties Soul Bands could only dream of If you like the Isly Brothers eighties(early) out -put you should like this perhaps purists will find it too comercial however those who want an acesable album of latter day Gaye should pick this up.
Although it is pase to writht in the hindsight of 2010 it does seem like Gaye knew this would be his last album the tracks are lean and do not linger in the way many tracks on Here My Dear and I want You do to the point of self indulgence.
It as if Gaye knew he did not have that much time left and had to cut a direct album his singing has developed a harder sometimes angrier edge and theres an urgancy in the voice the music touches on the different strands of music that defined Marvine Gayes music and is a worthy Swan Song from a Man who despite his panfull personal problems and inner demons was able to express such Soul and emotion in such a Pure and plesurable(to the listener) way.