August 13, 1984 12:00 PM

Smokey Robinson

Since his Miracles turned back to being just everyday mortals and he went out on his own, Robinson has lost a little of the magic that made him one of the early Motown success stories. (Essar is dedicated to another one of those success stories, Marvin Gaye.) This smooth, mildly soulful album doesn’t ever reach the sexy intimacy or pulse of those Miracle days. The LP’s highlight is Why Are You Running From My Love, a Stephen Tavani-Scott Smith tune that generates an impressive rhythmic intensity, and Robinson himself adds a nice line, “Come on baby/Ride my train of thought” in his own Train of Thought. But if you sit down and listen to this album from start to finish, you won’t find much real trace of heart anywhere. (Tamla)

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