Various Artists

Sex & Soul, Vol. 1

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If you subscribe to the mathematical formula "Sex + Soul=Urban Contemporary," you're in the mood to groove on this scattershot collection of creamy ballads from circa 1970 to 1990. Includes tracks by Teddy Pendergrass, the O'Jays, Ashford & Simpson, Freddie Jackson, and Bobby Womack, as well as lesser lights like Tavares, O'Bryan, and Enchantment. The Hi label funk of Al Green (offering a drawn-out cover of the Bee Gees' "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart") and Ann Peebles (a fiery take on the Isleys' "It's Your Thing") cuts through the quiet storm like a bull through a china shop.

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