Smokey Robinson Stephen Holden - Essay

Stephen Holden

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Robinson's Warm Thoughts, an album of reflective love ballads, is so far beyond anything he's done before that it makes me wonder if he's only been half-trying all these years.

With a talent like Robinson's, of course, half-trying has produced a lot of classic pop, most of it recorded in the '60s with the Miracles before he went solo. Of the six solo albums Robinson made prior to Warm Thoughts, only the diaphanous, moody A Quiet Storm (1975) worked as a whole. With disco then on the rise, however, A Quite Storm didn't make the impact it should have. Now, with the post-disco ballad revival upon us, Robinson has seized his moment….

For all of A Quiet...

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