I have learnt from experience that Curtis produced some fine work, and in the 1980's in particular, some less-than-fine stuff.
This is Mr.Mayfield captured in one of his more contemplative moods; if you've heard 'Superfly' and liked it, you'll recognise the same instrumental sounds, but where that album gets funky and upbeat, this one gets introspective. Escaping from the rigours of dance-tempo music seems to have come up trumps for him; the slower pace of the music allows him to express himself lyrically in far more depth, whilst also giving us the time to hear the detail of his playing.
Track-wise, this album is of consistantly high quality - on the opening track, 'Billy Jack', we hear that distinctive wah-wah sound that makes his music so easy to recognise. There is a mood of intimacy that continues over the next two tracks, until 'So in Love' comes and breaks the slightly sombre feel with a beautiful understated happiness. The album then draws gradually to an optimistic climax through two songs exploring the less happy side of life (he explores his depression in 'Blue monday people' and just how hard it is to get by in 'Hard Times', but you could probably guess that from the track titles!), to the finale, 'Love to the People'- a great way to end an album, full of feelings of brotherhood that can give anyone a lift.
In essence, this is a CD that has a great balance of tracks - on the first play there are songs that will hit you straight away, and others that grow on you slowly, and there's not a single bad track there. Don't buy it if you want FUNK, but if you want SOUL, this is definitely one to splash out your cash on. Enjoy!