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The Isley Brothers

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The Isley Brothers. The HeM Is On, Teaneck PZ33536 1 1 1 The Heat Is Ou. the Brothers Isley susunn the same hybrid r&b-soul-rock momentum shown in their prior release. Live Ir Up, and befare that, 3+3. In . side one is raw and fleshy. The cut getting most of the air time is the caustic "1-ight the Power" au rrevereni blasi at the "power! that be.'" One may lïnd hun ot herself al oddswith the Isleys" politica! assessmeni, e.g., "tlici e's a lol of bullshit going down." Bul ihosc lo the right of Attila tlie Hun maj be seduced by.the tune's streetwise candor, somewhal akin o Slevie Wonder's giutï"l.ivin' l'oi the City." Side two is moody. more thoughtful perhaps a bit too dreary given the driving pace to which the lislener bas now become accustomed. Recommended is "Sensuality." It is wcll named. Here. lead anger Rortaid Isley is stage center - and loving it. He pourson tliai vocal melancholy that has come to be uniquely associated with the Isley s. The evolution ot' the Isleys has been somewhat of' a curiosity. After scoring with 'ThisOld Heart of Mine." l'ormer boss Motown sort of' shelved them. "This Old Heart of Mine" gradually sank to the bottom of the stack of the old 45s and graced out-of-date juke boxes assuring the Isleys a kind of deadwood immortality. So Motown, in an apparent streamlining measure sold the Isleys to their present label. (This, it may be recalled, is the same unerring business instinct that let Gladys Kniglit, the Spinners and the Four Tops get away and laugh on the way to the bank.) hxpanding the core of the group, the Isleys llave tapped a nerve. They have deservedly reached a lofty plateau. Musically, their nucleus is unquestionably that of r&b. with extensive rock and blues trappings. The music resists classification. The album is good. Play and enjoy.