Sonny James

This Is the Love

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This Is the Love is dedicated to Sonny James' longtime songwriting partner, Carol Smith, who wrote or co-wrote half of the selections. That is an unusually high proportion of original material for a Sonny James album in the '70s, when his successful formula of updating oldies in a glossy country-pop style dominated his output. "No Sand in a Sand Dune" and the straight rocker "It'll Still Be Worth It All" are decent originals, but the recycling of "All Burned out Inside" from James' 1976 album When Something Is Wrong With My Baby suggests a deficiency of ideas or effort. The title track and "Caribbean" are the album's two hits, the latter of which is a nice cover of Mitchell Torok's hit from the '50s and the album's highlight.

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