Little Milton

Too Much Pain

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Though not essential and not as strong as Back to Back, Too Much Pain was a welcome addition to Milton's catalog. Milton never claimed to be a purist, and the album illustrates his effectiveness as both a bluesman and a soul shouter. Highlights of this likable date range from the smooth '70s-ish uptown soul of "The Woman I Love" (which wouldn't have been inappropriate on a Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes album) to "So Much Pain," "Count the Days," and Denise LaSalle's amusing "Your Wife Is Cheating on Us." If you're into clever double entendres, get into "Runway," a Stax-ish soul gem that finds Milton equating a cheating lover with an airport runway in that everyone is landing on her.

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