The Spinners

Love Trippin'

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With Love Trippin' the Spinners transitioned from a decade they helped define to a new decade dominated by the last days of disco and the emergence of rap. The presence of producer/arranger Michael Zager portends a full-blown paean to dancefloor sensibilities, but Zager wisely emphasizes the group's rapturous harmonies, creating a Spinners record for the '80s instead of an '80s record for the Spinners. But the songs are uniformly bland; it speaks volumes that the album's biggest hit was a medley, "Cupid/I've Loved You for a Long Time," and not even the vocals can salvage duds like "Split Decision" and "Heavy on the Decision." Even worse, it was downhill from here.

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