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Song Review

"Imunização Racional (Que Beleza)"

July 13, 2012

This 1976 soul grenade previews a forthcoming anthology that's taken years of crate-digging and cross-licensing. A Brazilian morph of Curtis Mayfield and Barry White, Maia sings of enlightenment via Cultura Racional, the space-obsessed, Scientology-style...

Album Review

Staying Power

September 16, 1999

There's a sensual symbiosis between sex and strings in Barry White's aural bedroom. The strings sweeten the carnality, make it grand and embracing, while the erotic intimacy of White's delivery gives the heavenly baroque arrangements an earthy immediacy....

Album Review

Can't Get Enough

October 24, 1974
Not Rated

We got it together, didn't we? Barry White asks in that husky bedroom voice of his at the beginning of this newest album. "We've definitely got our thing together, don't we baby? Isn't it nice? I mean, really, when you really sit and think about it, isn't...

Album Review

Sweet Baby James

April 30, 1970
Not Rated

Last August James Taylor was quoted in Rolling Stone thusly: "I hope my next album will be simpler. It has to be, because the music is simple and a big production job just buries all my intentions." Well, this first post-Apple album dovetails nicely with...

Album Review

Just Another Way To Say I Love You

July 3, 1975
Not Rated

Barry White seemed so filled with self-parody at first that it was easy to dismiss him. But it is becoming increasingly obvious with every additional release that he is a very talented man. His distinction rests with the fact that he is currently one...

Album Review

Stone Gon'

February 14, 1974
Not Rated

Even if Barry White is imitation Isaac Hayes (and who would have thought anyone could match Ike pretension for pretension?) in this case, I prefer Brand X. White's productions are too excessive to be called "songs." They are dreamy, shimmering symphonies...