This ten-track budget compilation, part of an extensive series from Sony, includes some of Babyface’s most popular singles, but certainly not every significant highlight from his catalog. There was no apparent method to the selections. The Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 hits “It’s No Crime,” “Whip Appeal,” and “Every Time I Close My Eyes” are here, but the just-as-successful likes of “When Can I See You” and “This Is for the Lover in You” are missing. While no song is truly undeserving of inclusion, S.O.U.L. is not the “just the major smashes,” ideal point-of-entry overview it could have been.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman