Picks and Pans Review: Here, My Dear
A Marvin Gaye release is a little like Christmas—you know it's coming, but you're never sure what you're getting. Here, My Dear is a gift worth the wait. Not since his landmark 1971 LP, What's Going On, has Gaye seemed as comfortable. Forgoing the disco boom in favor of his caressing ballads and upbeat style, Marvin is in total control, to say the least. He's credited as writer, producer and arranger, and it was recorded at his own studio. This double album also seems to offer insight into Gaye's personal tribulations and anguish. Indeed, his ex-wife, Ana, who awkwardly happens to be the sister of his Motown impresario, Berry Gordy, will, by divorce-court order, receive up to $1 million from the album's royalties.