Alton McClain & Destiny

It Must Be Love [Single]

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When Alton McClain & Destiny's "It Must Be Love" became a major hit in 1979, it was obvious that the female vocal trio had a lot of potential. But overall, its debut album, It Must Be Love, (originally released as Alton McClain & Destiny) isn't mind-blowing. The hit title song is an Emotions-influenced jewel, and the Los Angeles threesome also soars on the ballads "My Empty Room" and "The Power of Love" (which was written by Angela Winbush and became a major hit for Stephanie Mills in the 1980s). Most of the other material, however, is merely competent. Without a doubt, group members McClain, D'Marie Warren, and Robyrda Stiger all have major chops, but most of the time, they don't have great material to work with -- decent, yes, but not great. Nonetheless, the LP's most memorable selections made listeners want to pay close attention to the trio and see what it would do in the future.