Producer/writer Dennis Lambert had tunnel vision when it came to the Temptations: Dennis Edwards was the only Temptation Lambert could see, and the other members seemed to be in his way. Eight tracks comprise Surface Thrills, and Edwards sings them all. This could very well have been a Dennis Edwards solo album; Edwards left the group after this to record solo, with Lambert (who else) producing. Surface Thrills is one of the least thrilling LPs of the Temptations' career. Only "Love's on My Mind Tonight" saves it from being a straight turkey. "Surface Thrills" did nothing when released as a single; the other songs are unmemorable, formulaic productions that lack substance and charm.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton