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#314: Back Stabbers by The O'Jays

10.25.2011


Back Stabbers by The O'Jays (1972)

Favorite Track(s): "When the World's At Peace" and "Time To Get Down" and "Love Train"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) 1972 again! I love it. Though, to be honest, this album makes me feel awkward and nervous. Awkward, because remember when the O'Jays were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their inductee was Justin Timberlake, and they were clearly upset that a former boy band member was inducting them? I do.

And the album makes me nervous even though I haven't listened to it yet because it's at 314! Don't get me wrong, I love me an R&B group and I really enjoyed that Christmas GAP ad campaign that featured "Love Train" but it will take a LOT for me to think that an album by this group has what it takes to be at 314. But maybe I am unaware of just how awesome the O'Jays are.

(Post-Listening) My fears were founded. Rolling Stone describes the album as "symphonically funky and irretrievably paranoid." Despite some very good funk, the combination didn't work for me. My dislike may have also had to do with some of the lyric content:

"Someday we'll be together, forever and ever/Then we won't have to
worry/We won't have to hurry/But now we've got to hurry/Cause your
husband might get worried/And my wife, she doesn't see the change in me"

I know lyrics shouldn't necessarily make or break good music, but just you wait until the next album on the list, because I bet any semblance that rule will be thrown out the window.

Is This Better Than Help!?: Not even close.

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