Stop Half-Loving These Women
To some, this is not a good thing. But to fans of Taylor's always lustrous voice and the glitzy R&B balladry he exemplifies, this anthology will be appealing. Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson, James Jamerson and the Memphis Horns are among the genre stalwarts who play on the selections. Even Taylor loyalists may gag at the gummy backup singing and synthesized thunder on "Stormy Weather."
But the infectious "Please Don't Stop the Music," a surprisingly winning "Never My Love" (that's right -- the Association's hit), the leering title cut and other bright moments make this a worthy item to have in one's collection. Maybe it's a guilty pleasure for blues hard-liners, but if you're the party-throwing type, buy this, and believe me, you'll put it to use.
-- Tim Schuller