Picks and Pans Review: Warm Thoughts

updated 04/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Smokey Robinson

Robinson's forte has always been the soft, romantic ballad, and this album is perhaps his best solo collection since he folded up the Miracles in 1972. Smokey wrote or had a hand in all the tunes but one, and each bears the touch that makes him one of the most consistent artists in the business. Melody Man and What's in Your Life for Me are downright mellow and Travelin' Thru is a sensuous trip. But Wine, Women and Song, in which he sings a duet with his wife and former Miracle, Claudette, is the poignant climax. Her contribution is a reminder of how much she and the Miracles have been missed. Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson.

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