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The Undisputed Truth

  • Face to Face With the Truth [Gordy, 1971] B
  • Higher Than High [Gordy, 1975] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Face to Face With the Truth [Gordy, 1971]
Connoisseurs of Motown nouveau find this impossibly slick and fakey, which is just what I like about it. Admittedly, it's nowhere near as good as good Marvin Gaye, but its failures aren't as bathetic, either. B

Higher Than High [Gordy, 1975]
Finally a disco song that imparts new meaning to the term "boogie on down." Inspirational Verse, from "Poontang": "People say I ought to be ashamed of myself/Because I don't make love like nobody else/You see I was in the war y'all and Lord I got wounded/And when I got home to my wife I got down on my knees and spooned it." C+