Willie Hutch

The Mark of the Beast

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With The Mark of the Beast Willie Hutch began shifting away from the deeply soulful funk of his classic blaxploitation soundtracks toward the slick, dance-oriented production of his subsequent work. The title cut even features a drum machine (talk about signs of the apocalypse!). What may have seemed fresh at the time has not aged well, however. The silky-smooth production steam-presses the wrinkles that made Hutch's earlier records so appealing. Only "Try It You'll Like It" captures the Willie Hutch of old. The remainder of The Mark of the Beast stumbles under the burden of over-production.

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