Percy Sledge

Warm & Tender Soul

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Percy Sledge's sophomore effort, Warm & Tender Soul, is rarely mentioned in the same breath as its predecessor, When a Man Loves a Woman, but it should be. Despite the absence of a blockbuster crossover hit, the record still spawned a pair of R&B Top Ten entries ("It Tears Me Up" and the title cut) and further refined the singer's rough-hewn yet strangely sophisticated approach to bottomlessly deep soul. Produced by Quinn Ivy, and boasting several songs from the superlative songwriter Dan Penn, Warm & Tender Soul proves Sledge a singer of uncommon range and depth, articulating emotional truths that go far beyond mere words.