The Soul Children

Friction

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A slicker, sweeter, and less satisfying outing than their previous LP, Genesis, Friction did nonetheless include their biggest hit, "I'll Be the Other Woman." A little daring for the radio in that it acknowledged an adulterous affair, "I'll Be the Other Woman" was also something of a departure for the Soul Children, putting Shelbra Bennett in the spotlight as lead vocalist (J. Blackfoot had tended to have the most visible leads). Bennett was also lead singer on the less impressive single "Love Makes It Right," a small R&B hit that concludes the record. In the interim, there are lush ballads that get into icky sweetness ("What's Happening Baby") as well as some more up-tempo, funky numbers. The best of the lot is "Can't Let You Go," which smolders a bit thanks to the grainy lead vocal (presumably by J. Blackfoot) and subtle wah-wah guitar. The album was paired with 1972's Genesis on a single-disc CD reissue.

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