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  • If That's What It Takes [Warner Bros., 1982] C+

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If That's What It Takes [Warner Bros., 1982]
On his solo bid the El Lay soul man sounds like he should leave his therapist, not his group. He's feeling so hard the sense of strain is constant, as if ordinary romantic travails are driving him to the edge of existential patience. Yet despite it all not one of these common-sense homilies has the common wisdom of "This Is It" or "What a Fool Believes"--there's a smugness about his determination to go with the serially monogamous flow. And I sure hope the next single is "Love Lies" or "No Such Luck"--I'm sick of the rest already. C+