Ralph Novak
August 25, 1986 12:00 PM

Ray Charles

The old master is not exactly going full force on this album. He can hardly have raised a sweat in fact, except perhaps for Caught a Touch of Your Love. This is rockin’ chair blues, epitomized by Love Is Worth the Pain, on which Charles amens the bittersweet tone of Billy Barber’s lyrics. Those who lean toward the “R” part of R&B might be disappointed—nobody works up a better head of steam than Ray when he’s motivated—but this is the perfect album for those in a mood to mull over their sorrows, not drown them. A note to prevent disappointment: The track Slip Away isn’t the old Clarence Carter hit; it’s a different tune. (Columbia)

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