Al Green

Love Songs

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Al Green could sing a grocery list and it would still sound sexy, and whether he's singing about God or love (with Green, like Marvin Gaye, the difference between the two concepts is only by degree), his easy, graceful, and ultimately joyful phrasing carries more ready intimacy than any singer of his generation, which means a collection called Love Songs featuring his prime Hi Records material is as close to a sure thing as you can get. This man knows how to slide out of a note and swoop into the next one without twisting everything into a melismatic pretzel (a fascination with melisma for melisma's sake seems especially rampant among R&B singers of the hip-hop generation, who seem to think stretching, goosing, and twisting a note for 20 seconds is always a virtue), and songs from his Hi Records catalog like "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)," "Let's Stay Together," and "Tired of Being Alone" (all of which are included here) demonstrate Green's amazing talent for being able to sound as natural and as sensual as the proverbial cool breeze on a hot summer's night. Think about it: Al Green singing love songs. Even God would listen.

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