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Luther Vandross: Give Me The Reason (Epic)

Steve Bloom, Musician, January 1987

DESPITE FOUR consecutive platinum albums — and Give Me Reason is sure to be his fifth — Luther Vandross has not really come very far since The Glow Of Love, his 1980 debut with the disco group Change. There, he suggested a soulful crooner in the mold of Teddy Pendergrass, hugging love lyrics however banal. On Give Me The Reason he's still begging his baby to come back, rhyming "higher" with "desire." Never too much, indeed.

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