Of course Marvin Gaye should make it on the list again. He was the king of soul music in the 70s. Gaye’s fifteenth studio album Here, My Dear was critically panned and a commercial failure during its release in 1978. It is a personal album about the divorce he was going through with his wife Anna Gordy, the daughter of Barry Gordy. Today, critics think it was one of his best albums. I often wonder when I am dead will people finally understand me.
The critics were probably correct in stating that the album is weird, especially considering his previous albums. This album is the whole journey of the couple’s relationship set to soul and funk. It is lacking one thing that an album usually needs to be a real success; it does not have a single that is relatable for the masses.
I suppose if you are going through a divorce, then this is the album for you. I find songs like “You Can Leave, but It’s Going to Cost You” and “When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You” unrelatable.
I love Gaye’s music, but this is just a bit too weird even for me. I caught myself drifting away often. Gaye’s vocals are incredible as always, but I am not a fan of him speaking throughout the album as if he is Barry White. I feel sad that I will not be able to score this as highly as his previous works. 7/10.