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George Benson - 20/20 (1985) Retail CD
Even the reviewers who trashed this album are right in a way. It is very soul/pop/light jazz oriented and to me that is just fine. Benson does that type of music so much better than most artists. The first 5 songs (or 1st side of the original album) are flawless. "Hang Around You" is a wonderful song which got airplay on lightrock radio. This song should have been a major hit. It is light and breezy and Benson sounds like he is enjoying himself. He displays his jazz chops on "Beyond the Sea" very nicely. "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love" is a wonderful ballad which I like even better thanmore… the Glen Medeiros version which was a hit. The 2 album openers are uptempo numbers and yes are very synth oriented but they are very enjoyable songs.
The title track "20/20" is the only flawed track on the album, though it isn't bad. His voice sounds a little sped up and the song is mildly overproduced. His lovely duet with Roberta Flack is a joy to hear as is the haunting "New Day." For his guitar fans, he also gives us a good instrumental.
Yes, the album mostly focuses on Benson's vocals and fans of his guitar work will be disappointed. Of course, I love hearing him play guitar, but also enjoy his singing as well.
Really, even though I love Stevie Wonder, I thought that this album was better than what Wonder himself was doing at the same time.
A must to avoid for jazz purists, but should be a delight to soul/pop fans like myself. A nice album to relax to.
|1||No One Emotion|
|2||Please Don't Walk Away|
|3||I Just Wanna Hang Around You|
|4||Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You|
|5||Beyond The Sea (La Mer)|
|10||You Are The Love Of My Life|
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