Back Where I Belong marks the Four Tops' return to Motown after stints with ABC and Casablanca Records. The foursome also united with the hit songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland on some cuts. The slow, meandering "I Just Can't Walk Away," not one of HDH's best, died upon release, while the much better, shuffling, percolating "Make Yourself Right at Home" suffered from a total lack of promotion. "Hang," a duet with the Temptations, had a good message and sparkling, creative vocals, but got stuck as the B-side of the debut single; few, if any, DJs flipped it over. The duet with Lady Soul Aretha Franklin "What Have We Got to Lose" pales in comparison to earlier duets by the two super acts. Overall, the Four Tops are more mellow and subdued here than in the past.
AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton
feat: Aretha Franklin
feat: The Temptations