The O'Jays

Let Me Touch You

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When this was released in 1987, the O'Jays were experiencing a slight artistic lull. Their first Philadelphia International album under Capitol/Manhattan distribution, Love Fever was an often inspired effort juxtaposing musical risks with the classic Philadelphia International sound. In contrast, this 1987 album doesn't have as much fun, but it offers a few good songs. Let Me Touch You also features five tracks with producers Thom Bell, Casey James, and Leroy Bell. All of their songs fail to catch fire except for the missing-children paean "Still Missing." Despite the noticeable misfires, Let Me Touch You does have some O'Jays essentials. The great "Lovin' You" all but re-creates early-'70s Philadelphia International with Vince Montana on vibes, the Jack Faith arrangement, and a charming production from Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The drum machine and slight lyrics don't diminish "True Love Never Dies." The best song, the graceful and poignant "I Just Want Someone to Love Me," all but makes the album worthwhile. Although the synth-heavy Bell productions predominated here, the songs that truly adhered to the classic O'Jays aesthetic defined this album.

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