Picks and Pans Review: Real Love
Ashford and Simpson
Nick and Valerie have the pop soul racket down pat. Nothing on this album would seem to equal their 1984 hit Solid with its "h-h-h-h-hot" hook, but they both have such elastic voices there's a little of everything else. Stevie Wonder drops in some extended harmonica soloing on Nobody Walks in LA., which is about as close as Ashford and Simpson come to social commentary. One might wish they would avoid writing such lines as "Our differences were small/ You were short, I was tall" or that they would strain at the upper reaches of their ranges less often. They never shortchange anyone on energy, though, and their production is enough to turn "slick" into a compliment. (Capitol)
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