The Unifics

Sittin' in at the Court of Love

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The Unifics formed in Washington, D.C. This CD contains their entire debut LP on Kapp, plus a slew of remakes. Lead singer Al Johnson sang in an aching tenor and had less range than an electric car; their two hits, however, fit his voice. "Court of Love" was akin to a dramatic skit with music and harmony; people's faces would light up at the end when Al sang, "I got justice in the court of love." For a split second, one actually thought he was vindicated in a court of law for his ex-lover's misdeeds. The follow-up, "The Beginning of My End," is an extremely morbid tale about a guy's girlfriend getting killed that almost equals "Court of Love" in popularity. "Tables Turned" was a good midtempo ballad, while "It's All Over" grooved along, complemented by some funky drums. The rest of the LP consists of below-average soul tracks and tired remakes like "Harper Valley P.T.A.," "Little Green Apples," "It's a Hard Day's Night" and the Rascals' "People Got to Be Free."