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The Soul Express Album of the Month

April 2000

L J REYNOLDS Love Is About To Start (US Volt)
I Didn't Mean To Hurt You - Superlady - Silly - Don't Go There - Key To The World - Love Is About To Start - Nobody But You - Down On My Luck - Everything Is You
PHENOMENAL. After 12 years away from the solo spotlight L J Reynolds enters the 21st Century with a MONSTER album that is a MUST for your collection. I was not expecting such a phenomenal album, and when Gerry alerted me to the first song, I still could not imagine the immensity of SOUL, which I was very soon to discover. The first 30 seconds of Didn't Mean To Hurt You grabs the pit of your stomach and has you eager for more, more, more. This is what soul music is all about: a sexy, slinky groove, sultry sax and gut-wrenching gritty vocals. Mr. Reynolds has come up with a KILLER song, and applause goes to the producer, Michael J. Powell, for this immensity. The style is not exactly like Chapter 8, which I expected, but is more contemporary, but with a CLASSIC edge.
He is also responsible for other MONSTERS such as Don't Go There which is another KILLER. Reynolds is joined by The Dramatics on this knee-trembler; an exquisitely produced song, The gentlemen sound fantastic and are so much like an impassioned Dells than anyone I have ever heard. LJ sounds so much like Marvin Junior it is unbelievable. Equally, Love Is About To Start is deserving of the hard-to-earn Lowdown "sophistisoul" tag.
The final song, Everything Is You, is a dream of a song which LJ has produced himself, his ultra-soulful voice rich, pleading and as strong as ever. Superlady is a fine dancer, Silly a good attempt at the Deniece Williams song, and his 1999 version of Key To The World is also superb. My least favourites are Nobody But You and Down On My Luck, but you cannot beat the SEVEN killer tunes that we have. A pure listening pleasure and a huge slap on the back to all concerned in this top-drawer project. ESSENTIAL.

The review by Barry Towler exclusively for RECORD CORNER, which is one of the leading soul shops in the world. The review is not featured in our printed issue.

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