August 06, 1979 12:00 PM

Earth, Wind & Fire

There’s an exciting moment on this LP during the fade-out sax solo on the ballad After the Love Is Gone, when thundering percussion and the booming bass of Verdine White take over, kicking into the next track, Let Your Feelings Show. Feelings is the kind of exhilarating music that displays the awesome power this band can achieve when it puts its nine heads together. There are three other thumping tracks and the disco-pop hit Boogie Wonderland, but, unhappily, there are also a couple of bland ballads with pompous strings and quiveringly earnest falsettos. The lovey-dovey is nice enough, but it can become faceless, reducing EW&F to Muck, Breeze & Flicker.

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