Picks and Pans Review: Touch Me

updated 01/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Temptations

The alumni of this venerable vocal group include Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards. This smart collection proves the current batch of Tempts are no slouches either. Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin (he of the distinctive basso profundo) have been there from the beginning in 1961; Richard Street joined in 1971 and Ron Tyson in 1983. Touch Me marks the addition of Ollie Woodson, an exciting writer and musician. Without forsaking their harmonic roots, the Tempts have learned all the tricks of modern soul, including resonant synthesizer bottoms and heaped-up percussion. Among the midtempo charmers are the seductive Magic and the frisky I'm Fascinated. The best of the dance songs is the Luther Vandross-Marcus Miller composition Do You Really Love Your Baby? But the highlight of the album is the title track, a carmelized love ballad. The Temptations have a grand tradition that this blend of old and new singers honors. (Gordy)

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