"Warm and Tender Love" (1966)
Sledge's second single serves as a sweet antidote to the sadness of his debut. It's another plea, but this time the singer's heart is open, not broken, as he offers his warm and tender love. The subject is lighter and so is the touch, with the band grooving along at an easy simmer and Sledge skillfully modulating his performance to radiate warmth. In a career filled with sorrowful ballads, this bit of optimism is welcome.