Artist: Earth, Wind & Fire
Release date: 1980
Favorite track: “You”
The past few albums I’ve featured were all from the 1970s, so I wanted to bring things up to the ‘80s again.
Plus, I’m always looking for an excuse to listen to Earth, Wind & Fire — maybe (probably) my favorite band. The group’s 1980 album “Faces” is a newer purchase of mine.
This record has 15 tracks, so I’ll get to it.
The opening track, “Let Me Talk,” is not a personal favorite, but I did enjoy aspects of it. What surprised me is I favored the slowed-down R&B segments of the song versus the fast-paced funky segments. I typically prefer the band’s upbeat rhythms.
I was actually relieved when they turned it down a notch for “Turn it into Something Good.” Their trademark feel-good lyrics made me feel as if this was an ideal album choice for the holiday season.
I’ve decided this is my theme song for 2019.
You can’t hide forever just decide to make it better
Turn it into something good
Remember, you can choose, not to lose
Find your groove and be a winner
— “Turn it Into Something Good”
“Pride” is an energetic, but repetitive song. I’ll admit, this bouncy, rhythmic, but not lyrically involved record is the kind of album I put on while cleaning my house.
To be fair, I have high standards for Earth, Wind & Fire. I adore the band’s albums “I Am,” “All ‘n All,” “Raise!” and “Now, Then & Forever.”
“You” is a beautiful song with the pure style of lyrical message I’ve come to associate with the band. There is such an undeniable optimism in the group’s music.
You light the way, you brighten up my day
You make me want to stay,
I guess you know that I’m in love with you
It’s true, you changed my point of view,
And now I look at life, the way you do,
With a beauty shining through
“Sparkle” is the first song on the record in which Philip Bailey lets go of his voice for an angelic falsetto. I’d been waiting for it.
Bailey was a co-writer of many songs on this album. They’re wonderfully written.
I really loved the vocals in “Back on the Road.” They are nothing flashy, but they sound punchy and genuine. It’s an easy song to groove to, and I think in some ways resembles today’s pop music.
“Song in My Heart” is lighthearted and high-pitched — a reflection of the band’s 1970s beginnings. It’s a lovely listen.
“And Love Goes On” made me laugh because it’s the kind of song I hated when I was younger — something my father would listen to. Now, I can’t get enough of it. The mid-tempo track
The album slows its pace with “Sailaway” and “Take it to the Sky.” They are the first soothing songs in which the horn instruments stand out.
“In Time” has an attitude, and maintains the instrumental significance.
The album concludes with the title track, which, ironically, is my least favorite track on the album.
One of the reasons I purchased this was because of the album cover. I love the smiling faces depicted on the cover.
The pyramid is also commonly used on Earth, Wind & Fire artwork.