Mar 1, 2013

The Isley Brothers - The Heat Is On (1975)

Comfortable lineup, comfortable rock funk soul fusion, 3 + 3 had the freshness and excitability that came with the realization of what this could achieve i.e. quiet storm sensuality meets rocknroll sexuality and the crossover success that a public in need of sophisticated baby making sensuality with flourishes of raw sexuality, could bring the Isleys. Fight the Power is ambitious but not in the pop sense which defined 3 + 3. Rather it's an album of epics, ideas, and sides. Side one is killer funk foundations and loose psych ornament, ostensibly loose and intoxicating, but tight and planned, driven by the Isleys' take on the black experience both political and personal. Side two is straight intimate. Worth it for Sensuality alone imo


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