The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds – Music For Soulful Lovers (1973)

The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds - Music For Soulful Lovers (1973)
Artist: The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds
Album: Music For Soulful Lovers
Genre: Funk, Soul
Released: 1973
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
1. Soulful Love (4:00)
2. I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby (4:52)
3. Break Up To Make Up (4:05)
4. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (3:11)
5. Neither One Of Us (4:10)
6. Pillow Talk (3:56)
7. Killing Me Softly With His Song (4:53)
8. If You Don’t Know Me By Know (3:28)
9. Loving You Hurt So Bad (3:17)
10. Call Me, Come Back Home (3:23)
11. Stay With Me (3:01)

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If Barry White’s love-god shtick sometimes seemed to veer into parody, then imagine what a Barry White knock-off record sounds like — still, arranger Cecil Holmes’ lush, aggressively sensual Music for Soulful Lovers has its obvious charms, not least among them a grandiose scale that perfectly captures the over-the-top sexuality that defined the swinging ’70s. Holmes’ richly appointed interpretations of crossover classics like Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and Al Green’s “Call Me” percolate with a funkiness largely absent from White’s sweeping soul aesthetic, there’s something undeniably adult, even naughty, about Holmes’ approach, and like the slutty redhead you take home at last call, the utter filthiness of it all is a huge part of the appeal.
Review by Jason Ankeny

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