Smokey Robinson

The Solo Albums, Vol. 6

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Vol. 6 of Smokey Robinson's solo albums pairs 1980's Warm Thoughts with Being with You. Arriving on the heels of the very successful Where There's Smoke..., Warm Thoughts follows the same blueprint, perhaps muting the cheerful tempos just slightly, letting itself drift toward ballads with an elongated pulse, but there's still plenty of cheerful disco and bright pop here, making it easy to enjoy. Being with You expands upon the sound of Warm Thoughts by borrowing some of Quincy Jones' enthusiastic innovations, threading in some new wave synths for good measure. Some of the record is a little thin -- its closing "I Hear the Children Singing" is quite sappy -- but it is anchored by the immortal quiet storm title track, and such moments as "Can't Fight Love" illustrate that Smokey was still adept at shaping the styles to his sound.

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