Nona Gaye

Love for the Future

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Signing with Atlantic and sporting a sexy image, Marvin Gaye's grown-up daughter, Nona Gaye, set her sights on 1992's urban contemporary market with Love for the Future. The inevitable question was, "Does she sound anything like her father?," and the answer is a definite "no." Nor does she need to. Gaye should, of course, be judged on her own merits and not held up to the impossibly high standards he set. Those who complained because this CD sounded nothing like What's Going On were being ridiculous and unfair. Gaye obviously wanted to record urban contemporary music, not soul. But even by urban contemporary standards, this is an unremarkable album. Gaye isn't a great singer by any means, and she sounds like a lukewarm Janet Jackson wannabe on both formulaic, knee-jerk synth-funk like "Fever " (which features Charles Wilson of the Gap Band) and "Natural Motion" and slower numbers such as "I'm Overjoyed" and "The Things That We All Do For Love." Love for the Future is an album to avoid.

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