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This review is from: Soulicious (Audio CD)
Loving soul music doesn't make you a soul singer, but Sir Cliff Richard gets to live vicariously on this album of duets with an impressive array of old soul stagers including Percy Sledge, Candi Staton, Freda Payne, Roberta Flack and members of The Temptations and The Stylistics.
Rather than sanitise the classics, the American album producer Lamont Dozier and his son Beau have written a batch of new material for the album which is almost universally snoozy and soft-focused, doing no favours to the voices on show. Throwing away the pipe and slippers, Billy Paul succeeds in letting rip on "Always And Forever", one of a couple of covers, and Cliff puts on his boogie shoes for the slightly arthritic dance pop number, "Don't Say You Love Me (It'll Ruin My Day)", and the decent house track "Birds of a Feather", which was written by the late Nick Ashford (to whom the album is dedicated) with Valerie Simpson and Michael McDonald. F. Shepherd.