Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ronald Isley- This Guy's In Love With You

This guy is gone.

Is that really you, Mr. Biggs? The salacious contemporary persona of the Isley Brothers founder is nowhere to be found on this 2003 collaboration with Bert Bacharach. Hearing Isley float delicately over a full orchestra is unfailingly gorgeous and entertaining. Most singers reduce Bacharach's songs to the level of hollow greeting cards, but Isley imbues them with poetic depth. The new Isley Brothers album is titled Baby Makin' Music. The appropriate subititle of Here I Am: Isley Meets Bacharach might be "Adults Only."

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