Picks and Pans Review: The Icon Is Love

updated 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Barry White

Barry White must have a one-track mind. All he ever sings about is waiting for love, being in love and mostly making love. Still, few other soul singers—with the exceptions of Marvin Gave and maybe Luther Van-dross—have so consistently transformed sex talk into a such a moving experience. On his 19th album, White continues to set his come-ons to lush, orchestral grooves, and he still favors epic-length romantic suites. (At nearly 11 minutes, "Whatever We Had, We Had" is a break-up song that lingers like the perfect lover.) Sometimes his slow basso croon can sound too measured and detached (as on "There It Is"), making his invitation to love about as sexy as a medical procedure. But even with that one bad move, Icon manages to score. (A&M)

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