Photos by Jennie McKeon
Earth, Wind & Fire is all peace, love and harmonies in “Now, Then & Forever.”
My first impression of this record? Wow, it’s shiny.
I’ve loved Earth, Wind & Fire since the moment my ears were acquainted with “September.” But, when a dear friend gifted me the group’s gold-encased 2013 album, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Does Earth, Wind & Fire still have its euphoric sound, I asked myself.
I knew the answer to this question was likely yes, because the funk and R&B band still boasts three original members, Verdine White, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson. I know this because I got to experience the lively band at New Orleans Jazzfest in May. You can read about my incredible festival experience under the music tab on my website, savannahofftherecord.com.
“Sign On” immediately signaled Earth, Wind & Fire had returned to its roots. The opening track has a rhythmic, reggae sound that lures you into the record with a peaceful message I love.
I can’t help but joyously chant the words “Sign on” in the chorus every time I hear it.
No more war, no more greed if you’ll agree
For a better way
With the opener, there was peace. As predicted, Earth, Wind & Fire followed it up with love in “Love is Law,” an R&B song with smooth vocals.
“My Promise” is easily my favorite track on the album. The uplifting song brings joy to my soul. It’s on my list of iconic Earth, Wind & Fire songs along with “September,” “Sing a Song,” “Shining Star,” “In the Stone” and “Boogie Wonderland.”
If you listen to one song on this record, let it be “My Promise.” Dislaimer: You might feel compelled to listen to the whole album.
My promise to you
I promise, have no fear
When you need, I’m here for you
I almost spilled my coffee just now while dancing to it.
“Guiding Lights” is a six-minute cruise through the meditative religious practices to which Earth, Wind & Fire often alludes. I have no problem meditating to its majestic music.
I’d love to give this record some constructive criticism, but I am a sucker for Earth, Wind & Fire’s glorious vocals. The group could sing about spinach and I would listen as if my life depended on it.
“Now, Then & Forever” was Earth, Wind & Fire’s first album since “Illumination” in 2005. Although several years passed, I highly suggest longtime EWF fans give this newer music a chance.
“Dance Floor” and “Night of My Life” are the perfect songs for this flashy outfit. Honestly, I feel like a disco queen in this top, in a good way.
With the glossy, gold album cover, I knew I had to wear an outfit incorporating metallics. I chose a gold chain top from Forever 21 with ripped boyfriend jeans I found at Target.
It’s an ideal outfit for a night out dancing this fall.
Chain top - Forever 21
Jeans - Mossimo Denim, Target
Hey, I'm Savannah. I collect records, and they collect dust. Like my preferred media form, I strive to not become obsolete. I created Off the Record as a way to turn my mind inside out, into something visual and tangible. One is the loneliest number, so I asked my friends to join.