Picks and Pans Review: The Night I Fell in Love
On recent albums George Benson, Al Jarreau, Kashif, Jeffrey Osbourne, Stephanie Mills and Chaka Khan have explored a style that cherry-picks the best of soul, R&B, pop, disco and light fusion and treats it with extremely polished production values. Luther Vandross has had this eclectic technique down for years. It works well to disguise thin material beneath a glossy, seductive surface. Vandross' voice is most impressive on love songs, such as If Only for One Night and Wait for Love, that employ subtle studio effects to flare his voice like a comet with a wispy tail. 'Til My Baby Comes Home carries its own funky weight, though. And It's Over Now and the title track benefit from sleek arrangements, especially Luther's use of the chorus. He does a marvelous job on Stevie Wonder's Creepin' too, giving it a more pronounced samba feel than Stevie did. The whole album sounds so good, it's only after several listenings that it becomes clear how transparently insubstantial the second side is. (Epic)
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