The Isley Brothers – Between The Sheets (1983)

The Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets (1983)
Artist: The Isley Brothers
Album: Between The Sheets
Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B
Origin: USA
Released: 1983/2011
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Choosey Lover (4:42)
Touch Me (5:11)
I Need Your Body (4:40)
Between The Sheets (5:40)
Let’s Make Love Tonight (4:51)
Ballad Of The Fallen Soldier (5:20)
Slow Down Children (4:22)
Way Out Lover (4:13)
Gettin’ Over (3:46)
Rock You Good (3:38)
Between The Sheets (Instrumental) (4:59)
Choosey Lover (Instrumental) (4:45)
I Need Your Body (Instrumental) (4:39)
Let’s Make Love Tonight (Instrumental) (4:49)
Between The Sheets (Single Version) (4:56)

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Compared to their past material, Between the Sheets lacks a consistent mix of sultry ballads and funky dance numbers. There are really only two Isley Brothers’ classics on this project: “Choosey Lover” and the title song “Between the Sheets.” The former has a romantic flow and the latter is just shy of mid-tempo but not a bona fide ballad. (When one thinks of a quiet thundering storm, this song’s bassline comes to mind; as soothing as it is, it also has that trembling effect.) It fell short of number one, peaking at three on the Billboard R&B charts. It was becoming obvious that the group’s continuity was fading — not so much from dissension within the group, but more so from dwindling interest in the music industry among group members (it was the group’s last album as 3 + 3). Marvin and Ernie Isley and their brother in-law Chris Jasper would release an album the following year as Isley Jasper Isley.
Review by Craig Lytle

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