It's inarguable that 's presence in was the lifeblood of their creative and commercial success during their prime years. Combining his work with with his solo outings was a smart move on Motown's part, as it helps to give listeners a wider perspective on just how important 's contributions were to soft rock and pop music. All the songs might not be instantly recognizable to the ears of casual listeners, but they are no less enjoyable and infectious. Select albums in the Format field. This same tendency is apparent on the ballads and slower songs, which all stay around a little longer than they should, something that gives the impression that this record is a little less focused or consistent than the two blockbusters that preceded it. This is a vast improvement over 2004's but comparable to the two-disc non-U.
That said, is a solid, enjoyable affair -- a comedown after the peaks of and , and one that suggests that needed the extended break he took after its release, but a good record all the same. It also held a record for the shortest stay at 1. . . .
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