Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

The O'Jays 

Beautiful Ballads (Epic/Legacy)

The lights are low, the fire is crackling. You're sipping champagne while that special someone slides into skimpy lingerie in the next room. Whether you're a cad or just a cretin, you need tunes that will drape the night in satin and melt the furniture into rosebuds. And Epic/Legacy's Beautiful Ballads series has made the planning easy for you with its latest installment: a collection of the O'Jays' smooth Philly soul.

These Canton-bred kings of the '70s once rode their Gamble & Huff productions all over the charts. The band is best known for the burnin' funk nugget "Back Stabbers." But those lush string and horn arrangements -- which made the O'Jays seem so uptown -- can also be heard on the group's wealth of languid love songs. You and your baby will surely glide when slow dancing to the feather-soft "Let Me Make Love to You." And should you choose to cuddle on the couch, "Listen to the Clock on the Wall" is the perfect tender nudge to let her know that there's no time like the present. But no matter what your mellow moves, this sweet and sensual music will do your Valentine right. And like the Boy Scouts tell you, it's good to be prepared.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of CD Review

More by Angela Sawyer

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation