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Here, My Dear

Marvin Gaye

1978

Here, My Dear

Album Summary

Here, My Dear is the fifteenth studio album by music artist Marvin Gaye, released as a double album on December 15, 1978, on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place between 1977 and 1978 at Gaye's personal studios, Marvin Gaye Studios, in Los Angeles, California. The album was notable for its subject matter focusing largely on Gaye's acrimonious divorce from his first wife, Anna Gordy Gaye. A commercial and critical failure upon its release, it was later hailed by music critics, in the years following Gaye's death, as one of Gaye's best albums. "It's taken me a while," Anna admitted in later years, "but I've come to appreciate every form of Marvin's music."

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Rating

3.25

Votes

5291

Genres

  • Soul
  • Funk
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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

This album is fucking boring. I don't care what it's about. He can whine about his divorce all he wants, it's not a good album. Pretty telling that no one cared about it until he died. More proof that posthumous acclaim is pretty much always unwarranted. And it goes FOREVER, fucking hell. 2/5.

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Wed Nov 04 2020
4

So... I've never been into the smooth smooth stylin's of Mr. Gaye. But this album is really interesting. It's got the smooth sound you'd expect but, if you take a moment to listen to the lyrics, they're REALLY raw. Apparently, half of the earnings of this album were forfeited to his ex-wife even before he wrote it... so he wrote it about her. And damn. He put it all out there. Lyrics like, "You don't have the right to use the son of mine/To keep me in line/One thing I can't do without/Is the boy whom God gave to both of us" are balanced in the same song with "May love ever protect you/May peace come into your life." It's a really fascinating record, honestly. Not something I foresee myself listening to again but an album that I ended up enjoying while I listened to it.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

It’s like eating chocolate in a Cialis commercial.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

This is my first time listening to this album.The late 70's is such an interesting time for music. The big legacy acts were putting out their most unusual and experimental albums. Either due to their ability to flex creativity control, their bordom with their old style or in this case, Marvin needed to finalize his divorce and he was gonna make just the album he felt like. Fuck you bitch is a simple concept but effective at bringing something out of Marvin. Marvin's funk is a light funk and I dig it. It feels slow and gentile comparied to the heavy funk or Parliament or James Brown. Like every good concept album, this album is meant to be enjoyed as a whole. It would be perfect to own on vinyl and enjoy on a lazy afternoon. The first two tracks start things off slowly. Lacking much of a hook or a resolution to the melody, its sounds like they are asking you to chill. But from there it builds, getting funking and faster but still remaining gentile with Marvin's sweet voice leading the way. I'd let Marvin slow funk me again anytime. Especially if its leads to "Time to get together" and "A Funky Space Reincarnation".

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Fri Oct 16 2020
4

Still fire. Sparrow is *chefs kiss*

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

For an album to be created for the purpose it was to be as good as this one, is amazing.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
3

Nice vibes, rlly chill. Not my style, but I could vibe to this anyday for sure.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Lovely

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Wow. Just wow.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Absolutely wonderful. Jazzy, melodic, soulful. Funny enough I heard a song that sounded like a Justin Timberlake song in there so it must have been influential. I’m giving it a 5/5 because it was so pleasant to listen to and I had barely any anxiety listening to it.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Very long and a tough listen because of its subject matter, but I love the sound and the emotion. 9

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

De éste disco no conocía ninguna canción.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Loved it

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

sexy

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Good

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

My favorite smooth talker

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

SMOOOTTTTHHHH

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

Smooth as gravy, awesome

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

Classic

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

good tunes

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

du er en kæmpe champ marvin

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Classic smooth sound

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

Wow, this was raw. Powerful stuff. Best track: A Funky Space Reincarnation

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Brilliant.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Amazing album from an icon of R&B

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Classic Marvin Gaye album - it is the Marvin Gaye album I probably listen to the most - it is perfect - not much more to say.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Bro was IN HIS FEELINGS about that divorce, huh?

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

loved it, his voice is superb!

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

Another incredible album by Marvin Gaye. This album takes us through his divorce and the wide ranging emotions that come with that. He oscillates from expressing anger, reconciliation, sadness, defensiveness and finally acceptance. His vocals are tortured and magnificent. I loved the use of thematic grounding around the phrase ‘When did you stop loving me, when did I stop loving you.’ It’s gives the album a sense of unity to persist through the roller coaster of sheer emotion

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Really enjoyed it.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Nice Marvin!

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

Wonderful flow to this album going through the elation of a new relationship, falling in love and heartbreak. Then getting back on the horse. Great stuff.

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Fri May 13 2022
5

amazing

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Wonderful Sunday morning record

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

MARVIN GAYE. One of the best to ever do it and my personal favorite artist of all time. This album, just like all his other work, is amazing. 5/5 there’s not a Marvin Gaye album that’s not a 5 star.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Je comprend que l'album n'est pas été un succès instantanné mais une revelation après plusieurs années. Ce n'est pas classique de Marvin Gaye comme je le connais, mais certaine de ces chansons sont empreint d'une grande emotivité et la production est A1. Marvin Gaye est un artiste que j'aime beaucoup et je crois que cet album est un must a écouté pour bien connaitre l'artiste. 5

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

No one else has ever made anger sound so beautiful.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Wonderful. Can't remember any of the songs/tunes, but it's just a beautiful noise, from start to finish. In that respect he's a bit like Van Morrison - it doesn't matter what he plays/sings, it's all just great.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Romandische jazzige RnB Oldies

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

cool

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Marvin Gaye, Marvin Guy, move on up baby let it be.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

4/16 Smooth as can be. Standout Tracks: When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You, Is That Enough, Sparrow, Anna's Song, A Funky Space Reincarnation

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Sexy time.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Currently my fav Marvin Gaye album

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

'Everybody Needs Love' is incredible. Great album overall, would listen again

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

false

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Liked this one, soul music I always find so relaxing

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Many songs feel generic. Favorite song "Sparrow"

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

The man can sing, that’s not news to anyone.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Nice. I’m into it!

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

This is an experience. Wow.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Très bon album du son classique de Marvin Gaye, glisse très bien d'un bout à l'autre, mais un tantinet monotone.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

good background music

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Dayum this was so good! I absolutely loved how long and repetitive some of these songs were. Had a few problems with some of his whining about women, and that's kind of all he's got. Some were more positive.. but overall. Enjoyed - put me in such a good mood

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

I've been patiently waiting for some Marvin Gaye, particularly What's Going On. I actually just heard about this album a couple days ago, but hadn't heard it. It's really, really great. Marvin has such a soulful voice, there's a lot of life and pain in there, but it's still groovy. Interesting that he gave up promoting this album after it was deemed "too commercial." So many tracks on here that I loved immediately. Ironically, though, the one song I've heard before ("When Did You Stop Loving Me") I don't like. That song is featured on the "blonded" radio station in GTA and it's one of the few that I will tune away from. It just doesn't do anything for me, and yet I had to hear it three different ways on one album. Despite that, I loved this. I recognize the classic status. Favorite tracks: I Met a Little Girl (amazing track), Everybody Needs Love, Anger, Here My Dear. Album art: Never even seen this before, but I really dig it. Marvin immortalizing himself as a statue looks pretty funny, but it's a very cool art style. 4.5/5

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Easy listening and good love songs

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Good boning music.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Fein

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Pure pleasure to my ears. A while back I had listened to "What's Going On" since it topped Rolling Stones chart and I really enjoyed it but never dove into his other albums. This one was awesome. I'll be exploring this one again to find some favorites but When Did you Stop Loving Me is an early stand out, as is a lot of the album. Very glad this came on a Friday especially with the week we've had with bad albums. Incredible album cover too. Is Rome/Greece burning down because of his love? Who knows but I'm here for it.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

I dunno, 7? Pretty long

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Long in a positive and negative way, Gaye is always listenable and compelling but this doesn’t have the ease that I relate with him

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Wed May 12 2021
4

i liked the sound of this a lot and the lyrics were rough but also really raw and emotional. this is another tusk situation where if they had pared it down to a really good single album, i might give it a 10, but as it is there are a lot of tracks that felt like filler. 8

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Smooth Marv, Smooth. Love those bass lines. Album was unndecessarily long though, could have done with an edit ** A funky space incarnation **

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Good without being great.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Very enjoyable but not as good as ‘what’s going on’

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Not his best, but its great nontheless.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

I think this is objectively excellent but not to my tastes so it's gotta be a four star rating for me. It's soothing, and it's like Marvin is making love to my ears, but I think what I prefer is music that is more energetic or bouncy. Marvin's voice is great and relaxing, but it feels more like it's background music, and he's a fly-on-the-wall singing over it. Although it has loads of complexity to it (and the bass lines are bouncy to be fair) it still manages to feel a little samey to me across the album so not sure I can listen to it properly a second time without losing interest. Shout out to "A Funky Space Reincarnation", real cool.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Everything I wanted from a Marvin Gaye album. It was like listening to silk.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Lite mysigt

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Very smooth and light. A lot of "Romance/Flirt" vibes going on, but mainly it has a quite nice groove of a "low pace" funk that you can relax to. The voice blends well with the band style with some extra "talking lyrics" every now and again, which adds to the vibe. Clearly worth 5 stars but not something I really listen too much, hence 4 stars for me.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

I’ve never heard this album or any of its songs before today. Being a Marvin Gaye album, and one that I knew was well regarded, I had high expectations. It met them. I can tell that this is an album I will need to hear at least a few times to fully appreciate it, but it’s very good. Alternates between more classic RnB and disco/funk w/ ease. I like this. So this is getting 4 stars, but it’s really 4.5, maybe even upwards of 4.8. It only gets 4 stars in relation to the other Marvin Gaye albums that I know are going to be on this list

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

You are made of/for love. Bill Withers-y. Wholesome.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Liked it, quite sad with wedding vows broken and falling out of love

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Wed May 26 2021
4

I rather enjoyed this album, but it's definitely for boning down. I lit some candles to set the mood.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Jazzigt album, gött sväng. Typisk Marvin Gaye

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Wed May 12 2021
4

smooth af

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Excellent afternoon listening - very relaxing feel-good album

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

It’s no what’s goin on but Marvin gayes harmonious singing and the funky jazz instrumentals make this a good listen. A more love/divorce centered album. 7.7/10

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this album Marvin Gaye is sooo freaking talented. He could sing the phone book make it compelling. More Marvin please. 4 🌟

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Chill. Style. Funk.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Not my usual listen pleasure but quite enjoyable and very relaxing

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

I've known the story behind this album for quite a while but never actually sat down to listen to it. It's very, very bitter. Still maintains a solid groove, and once you get past the first two songs and understand what you're in for, it's really a great album. Favorite tracks: "Anger", "Is That Enough", "You Can Leave, But It's Going to Cost You"

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

The sound of pain, but also potential recovery. Very interesting album.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Grate album easy to listen to

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

this is for bask for i robbed him of his review

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Marvin Gaye can’t get lower than a 4

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

really groovy baby

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

I normally associate Marvin Gaye with soulful, baby-making music, even though his best song is a political anthem about hardship and strife. This album turns that notion on its head with a lot of anger and vitriol towards the ending of a relationship. As far as break up albums go though, it’s unbelievably classy. Horn work is phenomenal and Gaye’s voice is still as comforting as ever even when he’s spitting out his feelings. Fave tracks: “You can leave but it’s going to cost you” “Sparrow” “Time To Get It Together”

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Pretty groovy album, interesting to hear the themed topic of divorce layered on top of the classically romantic music

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Another classic

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Ren fløde, rnb, vild vokal og sangskrivning

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Some good late 70's soul from Mr Gaye, a break up album on a par with "Rumours" in my honest opinion. Lovely stuff, favourite song, "When Did you stop loving me, When Did I Stop Loving You."

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Udmærket. Kunne jeg godt finde på at høre igen.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Funky

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Smooth, sexy and soulful. I enjoyed this album a lot more than I thought I would. Is that enough was my favorite track

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

It's a long bitter road, but one worth driving down.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Groovy. Makes you think about the magnificent work we've lost from so many artists who died too young.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Classic ‘70’s shagging music!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Smoooth

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Hmm this could be a 5

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

A bizarre album: Gaye is chewing the scenery, it seems, but utterly sincere. The lyrics are obviously painful, while the instrumentals swirl and sparkle, glittering as their genre expects them to. It's long, but I had no problems sticking with it; Of its time, but I sensed no datedness.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Kolejny album pana Marvina, tym razem z roku 78 i o wiele potezniejszy woljumowo, bo az 73 minuty muzyki na 14 trakach, gatunkowo jest to nadal funkowy soul, ale odczucia po przesluchaniu plyty sa zupelnie inne niz po lets get it on i jego sexualowym healingiem, tak tutaj jest zupelnie inny nastroj, bo tez okolicznosci nagrywania inne, bo na poczatku kariery jego muza byla zona Anna, ale z biegiem lat i zostaniu symbolem sexualnego healingu ich relacje zaczely podupadac, kto by pomyslal, az musialo dojsc do rozwodu i majatkowych wojen, na dzieciaka oczywiscie, w takiej atmosferze pan Gaye stworzyl album na ktorym wylal z siebie wszystko na temat tego rozwodu, a raczej historii tego malzenstwa, wiec jest to koncept album opowiadajacy cala historie pary, od szalenczej milosci do szalenczej zazdrosci przepelnionej chciwoscia, a jak przystalo na utalentowanego liryka opowiesc jest przedstawiona w sposob ciekawy, choc oczywiscie dosc jednostronny, nie brak tutaj sarkastycznego chylenia czola przez glowna antagonistka krazka, czy wywolywania jej po imienu jak na traku annas song, o ile poprzednia plyta emanuje stworzona persona sex mastera, tak tutaj wydaje mi sie, ze pokazuje sie prawdziwy pan Marvin, zmarnowany zyciem, bo co z bycia sex masterem, jak musi sie ciagac po sadach, bedac przy tym publiczna atrakcja, bo medialnie rowniez musialo mu sie dostac, jak przystalo na hameryke, no i kolejny raz wychodzi na to, ze im material bardziej osobisty tym lepszy jakosciowo, muzycznie nadal tworzy podobnie, wiec w nagrania zangazowana byla masa sesyjnych muzykow ktorzy tworza midtempowe funkowe beaty skomponowane przez Marvina, roznica jest takze w tym, ze ma on swoje udzialy w instrumentalach, a nie jedynie wokalnie, wiec gra on klawisze, basa, synthy, najlepiej jak wiki mowi o tym, ze nie chcial nagrac on nic dlugiego, dobrego, ciezkiego, bo przeciez baba i tak wezmie kase za album na dzieciaka, a wyszedl tak dlugi, ciezki, jakosciowy material, jak dla mnie magnum opus Gayeowy, bo nie slyszalem wczesniej kompletnej opowiesci zwiazku opowiedzianej w tak funkowy sposob, na plejke leci i met a little girl oraz is that enough

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

strange album. Lovely vocals. I like it.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Is that enough really grooves

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Hermosisim disco para ser el primero que escucho de él

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Already listened to it

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Very weird

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Super smooth and mellow vibe. A bit protracted to get full marks though.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

S'écoute tout seul, parfaite ambiance, son de Marvin Gaye comme on le connait.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Me ha gustado, dibujando mientras lo escuchaba y me ha dado muy buenas vibras.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Already listened to it

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

I can feel the pathos so deeply here. Funky album, too. I never knew this existed.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Es un album triste. No tiene los éxitos que acostumbro a escuchar de MG, pero lo compensa con temas de una producción impresionante y una voz potente y desgarradora.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

The jazzy instruments on this album go so insanely hard. Marvin Gaye's voice is legendary and beautiful. Sparrow is a standout for me - the guy on the sax is absolutely popping off. If I didn't already know I was bi this album might have me thinkin. I thought the song where he complained about attorney fees was a little bit out of touch.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Great, solid. Filled my ears with sweet soul for 75 minutes.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

I haven’t ever listened to a Marvin Gaye album, so to get the one that was “a critical and commercial failure” on its release as my first - and the one that was inspired by and recorded in the midst of a very nasty divorce - would probably not have been my personal choice for my first Marvin Gaye album. As soon as I hit play this promised to be a smooth and lovely ride no matter what the subject matter. But very quickly one couldn’t help but notice the lyrics… The pain of breakup and divorce is front and center in the lyrics. These songs don’t hide behind any allegories or metaphors. Marvin’s working things out front and center. How can such raw emotions sound so smooth?! I can see how one could be put off by six minute song that works through a lot of relationship shit (“When Did You Stop Loving Me?”). I started to feel a little uncomfortable, like Marvin Gaye pulled up a barstool and started confiding in me way too personally about his life. But I’m transfixed and staying put… “barkeep - another round please!” “A Funky Space Reincarnation” was a bit of an odd inclusion - some kind of space fantasy tangent thrown in the midst - but I did like the song. How about the title?! “Here, My Dear.” The PERIOD is in the title. Like he was gonna drop this off on her doorstep and leave without saying a word. A TWO ALBUM set of songs rehashing everything. “Here, My Dear.” I wonder if she ever listened to this? This is one really unique album. Anger, resentment, love, sadness, bitterness, regret, desperation, hope… it’s a wild roller coaster ride of emotions set to great arrangements with great musical performances. It’s definitely a one-sided view of divorce. What a way to work through a breakup!

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

This is a thing. Lots of feelings here, most of them unpleasant: heartbreak, longing, regret, despair, bitterness (though he doth protest), and a track literally called Anger. But there's also genuine love, contrition, hope, and redemption, not to mention a Funky Space Reincarnation. There are worse ways to process a break-up than making your art. It's obviously completely one-sided --- it made me really want to hear her side of the story. It's very interesting how literal some of the lyrics are. ("Why do I have to pay attorney fees?") It's like listening to someone else in therapy. Lyrics aside, this kind of R&B isn't my favorite and I do better with it in small doses. I doubt that I will ever want to hear the whole thing again, but I can appreciate its place in the history of American music. Fascinating.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

really good, up with his best and the rare "concept" album that isn't embarrassing in parts despite the content

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Tue May 03 2022
4

Whew, hello, Marvin! I was wondering when you'd show up on this list and here you are. Even though this album doesn't include "Heard it Through the Grapevine," it's still pretty great, and still deserves to be on this list. "I Met a Little Girl" would be a classic wedding song, and "A Funky Space Reincarnation" is really weird. This album really showcases Marvin Gaye's versatility as an artist. Fave track: I Met a Little Girl. It's sappy but great.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

I put listening to this album off for a day because I was in the middle of finals. I'm glad I did put it off it is just what I needed to relax and wind down after two stressful weeks of projects, papers, and exams. It is not my favorite Marvin Gaye album, but it was a lovely way to spend my evening. It'll be a 4 for me today, but when a edit feature comes around it might get bumped up to a 5 on a second listen.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Pretty good, not my favorite Marvin Gaye album but solid.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

There's nothing quite like when a skilled songwriter and sensitive artist is blessed with a voice so warm and smooth that can melt butter. I don't listen to Marvin Gaye a lot, but every time I do there is this incredible richness evident in his music. This album portrays the struggle of a love that has failed beautifully, traipsing through the sadness, anger, rejection, defiance, reminiscence, and acceptance with a style of music that is probably best described as sad disco. 4/5 I'd prefer that this were not a double album, because I have shit to do, but they didn't have the internet in the 70s, so I can understand why artists placed less emphasis on valuing people's time

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Big divorced energy.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Classic Gaye

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

You can feel the love in his voice. Yes there were break up songs but they didn't come from anger or hate.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Romantic, soulful

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

As one of the premiere artists of his generation, of course this album is full of strong performances from Marvin and his crew. But this is no What's Going On. It's unpleasant and woefully light on hooks. Intentionally? Most likely, but there should be no surprise why this didn't catch on. It's a good, important album, but not an easy one to listen to, or arguably as rewarding as some of his others. B

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

R&b genius

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

banger

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Coup dur Prefs: Here, My Dear, When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You, Anger, Is That Enough, Everybody Needs Love, Time To Get It Together, When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Instrumental), A Funky Space Reincarnation, You Can Leave, But It's Going To Cost You Moins pref: I Met A Little Girl

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Good album, nice easy and mellow. +1

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Hadn't heard this before, pretty classic sound and very listenable. Probably needs another round to pay more attention to the lyrics and concept. But enjoyed nonetheless.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

yum:) baby making music

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Relaxing to listen too. Had it playing for most the day

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

24 Aug 2022

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Fantastic vocals by Marvin and the instrumentals blend in so well. You can really feel the emotions each track.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

This album is about ripping itself open and exposing all the ugly pieces of love falling apart, through a funk soul lens. This demands a second chance. Sparrow is a good track. This album does require some committment though.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

A little less consistent than his previous outings, but quite good nonetheless. The level of storytelling and the beauty of the soulful instrumentals is still on point. Love Marvin!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Marvin Gaye is smooth as hell and cool as the other side of the pillow on this one. Funk inspiration is rampant here. Such a good vibes album.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I didn't know a single one of these songs even though I thought a knew a fair amount of Marvin Gaye. Fair play!

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Everybody needs love and time to get it together are my favorites

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Not my style but wow!!

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

I don't really understand why this album was chosen, since it's not very representative of Marvin Gaye and doesn't contain any of his hits and according to the Wiki page wasn't successful either. But I did enjoy it. The subdued disco-funk touches compliment Gaye's more introspective style of soul on this album very well. It took me 2 tracks to get into, but then I enjoyed the album a lot.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

Favorite songs: Time To Get It Together, I Met A Little Girl, Here My Dear

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

good but got a bit bored

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Love Marvin Gaye. 4/5

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Very smooth and sexy.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

4 Sweet slow funk

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Impossible not to love Marvin Gaye. Back story on this album is quite interesting and helps with understanding the album. This isn't the first time I listened to this album and I'll admit it's a hard album to like on the first listen, somewhat redundant and down-right depressing. However it does reveal itself after a few listens. I do wish there were more tracks like "Is That Enough" or the album was edited a bit because it does drag on. While not my fav Gaye album it does have it's moments, once again we need 1/2 stars, 3.5. I'll round up given my love for Marvin.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

So much smooth flowing Marvin goodness. Then I read the background and had to listen again.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

This album is a sad insight into the personal issues that Gaye was going through at the time. The heart ache is clear in all the lyrics of every song. My favorite songs from the album are 'I Met A Little Girl', 'When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You' and 'Sparrow'. The vocals on this album are outstanding and backed with a very solid band. 3.5/5

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

So smooth and soulful. I would never expect someone's 15th album to hold up this much. Really enjoyable compositions. On the other hand it goes for a bit too long, the lyrics get a bit repetitive and I just don't feel like they match the vibes I get from the music. These things keep the record from being perfect 5 start but not from me digging it.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Wasn't particularly my style, but a few good songs in here. Proved to be another good album for background music while cooking! Favourite: Is That Enough

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

definitely a chill album, i can imagine just people having diners with this in the background

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

I feel the exact way about this that I did the last Marvin Gaye album: A fun, sexy time.

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Wed Oct 21 2020
3

Connor: not quite as strong as "What's Going On?", but a few decent grooves. I particularly like the song *Anger*, but overall this genre isn't my favourite

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Mon Nov 16 2020
3

Ok. Not great, not bad

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Not my thing

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Fri Nov 13 2020
3

Smooth and sexy, but not terribly remarkable. Might go back.

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Fri Nov 13 2020
3

I am Gay for Gaye

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Fri Nov 13 2020
3

Klart är att Marvin Gaye förtjänar sin plats på denna listan.

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Mon Oct 26 2020
3

Ihan kunneltavaa kamaa ja ukko osaa laulaa

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Tue Dec 15 2020
3

Needs another listen

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

erinnert mich an Debbie Mama sagt live klingt es vermutlich besser

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

At first I wasn't that bothered by this, but it got better.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

hard from start to finish

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

he's got a great voice but wanted some more funk or drums in there. got bored quickly.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

It was fine. It's Marvin Gaye, so it's always enjoyable. Interesting to read that he was going through a divorce at the time. The music is more dark because of it. But it was certainly good.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

6

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Enjoyed parts, music is good but an hour and half of Marvin complaining about his ex wife was just too much

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Sun May 16 2021
3

My man Marvin needs to sort out his love life, the first half of the album felt like he was just whinging about marriage. Second half was more fun and sax filled, loved the Funky Space Reincarnation. Album cover is pretty suspect too

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

No song really grabbed me, but it was nice and smooth

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

It was aight, not my style, but appreciate the music.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Brutally honest lyrics and packaging that leaves little confusion about *exactly* what this album is about. I have no doubt repeated listens would draw out more details, but a double-album worth of mid-tempo R&B started to overstay its welcome for me.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

It's a good album, not my favorite type of music, but quality stuff for sure. 3 stars.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
3

It was okay. Better than most of the other albums we’ve heard.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Pretty good, not his best though.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Hier stehe ich wieder vor dem selben Problem: ich steh nicht auf Soul. Eigentlich sprechen mich wenige Genres an, die nicht ein leichtes Bluten im Gehörgang auslösen. Nichtsdestotrotz war ich natürlich so happy, dieses Album anzuhören. Ein Album, das man nicht nebenzu hören kann, da es keinerlei Unterschied zwischen den Songs gibt. Immer dieselbe rauchige Stimmung. Wäre ich Vanilla, wärs sicherlich was für sexy times, aber leider nein. Trotzdem sicherlich ein solides Album. Höre ich mir trotzdem nicht mehr an.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

3 düdelt wsl immer noch vor sich hin

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

pretty groovy, however was kinda depressing

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Only liked some songs

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Entretenido. No es mi estilo de música pero suena muy bien y como melodia de fondo es genial.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Obvi a great musician, but this album was very monotone and super long!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

It was a solid album, but I feel like as his 15th studio album, it wasn't as innovative as some of his older stuff. I also found the song "I Met a Little Girl" problematic.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

It's not often that I rlly want to listen to a 73 minute album about divorce. Sounded okay but got pretty repetitive. 5/10

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Not bad, forgot it was on at times but not bad.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Not one I've heard before and I enjoyed it. Not a patch on What's Going On but then, what is?

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Definitely the best of R&B . But wished the album was one with a few of his greatest hits🎼 “What’s Going On, Sexual Healing, I heard it through the 🍇” and about 10 more. Album generator missed the mark again. Marvin Gaye lives on through his words of love and living! “Ain’t nothing Like the Real Thing!”

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Grand

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

It grew on me as I listened to it (3 times).

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

false

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

As with everyone, definitely looked forward to this. As this is only the 3rd full album that I'm reviewing on here, I'm starting to see how hard it is to rate fairly with only 24 hours. As always, those sexy vibes flow through this album, wah wahing away in the first and title track. I like the vibe of this album (as with most Marvin) but I'm going to have to give a middle 3 here as I haven't listened to it enough really. Feel like I'll regret this in the future but this is the harsh reality of the daily ratings.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

I've been enjoying the soul music on the list, It's not a genre I'd heard much before. This one isn't as good as the Isaac Hayes though

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Liked this album…. Another easy listening

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

fabuleux quel dommage que monsieur se soit cru plus malin que tout le monde a faire un album de 37h

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

In the past, me and Marv have not got along (barring a very obvious song or two) but this may have turned the tables. Maybe it's the bit of knowledge I have about the album's creation myth*, maybe it's just that it's beautifully lazy in the kind of way that makes it sound like Gaye's guard is really down. Either way, I boogied. *As I understand it, Gaye was getting divorced and his wife was due a lot of future album royalties, so he set out to make the worst album he could, preparing next to nothing, in the hope the album would flop. However, when he got into the studio he couldn't stop himself making great music. Moral of the story no one needed: by and large, great musicians are A-holes.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Alright Marvin, let’s see what you’ve got. Oh wow, this is smooth. It all just sounds so easy, riding those grooves. Then listening to it with the above info (that this was recorded in the wake of a messy divorce) you can actually hear the heartbreak, the questions, the reflections in the lyrics. I liked it. Not so convinced by the artwork, though.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

false

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Liquid smooth. Some real low stakes stuff from Marvin here. Takes care of his business at walking pace. At once admirable but just didn’t get me up outta my seat. Doesn’t hit the lofty heights of What’s Going On for my milky dollar. This album probably deserves a more thoughtful response. What can I say? 1001albums, you’ve created a monster. And that monster is me.

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