Sunday, 28 April 2013

Part 1: Greatest Albums ever Reviews: What's Going On

This is a new segment of my blog which i am going to dedicate to Old (but not forgotten) artists.
The first Albums I will Do this for is Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" , this is not my favourite album and would not even be in my top 50, but due to it being a critics favourite it gets to go first.

1. What's Going On
2. What's Happening Brother 
3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love
6. Mercy Mercy Me
7. Right On
8. Whole Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

This album was an album full of firsts, the first album that Marvin produced, his first solo effort without Tammi Terell and the first Motown record that was politically motivated.
It was also Marvin And Soul Music's first Concept Album as well as Motown's first album which credited Session Musicians. So even if this album was bad, it would be in the history books anyway. BUT it wasn't bad. No. Not at all.

The Album addresses the ongoing Vietnam War, Poverty, Police Brutality, Environmental devastation, Drug abuse, Taxes and everyday social life. All of this makes the album still relevant to people in everyday life.

Marvin get's across his issues with all these problems with his touchingly brilliant lyrics and vocals, not to mention much of the subtle musical accompaniment.

My Personal Rating For This Album: 4/5
Allmusic's Rating : 5/5
Rolling Stone magazine's rating: 5/5