The New RS 500: #493 Marvin Gaye — Here, My Dear

Release Date: December 15, 1978

Label: Tamla Records/Motown

Have I heard this album before? Nope

2003 List Ranking: 462; 2012 List Ranking: 456; Does the move feel appropriate?: Seems odd to move this up a handful of spaces over the course of a decade and then drop it nearly 30 a decade later.

Is This Album One of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time? Hell yeah.

Review: I’m a bit of a Marvin Gaye philistine outside of the singles, but this really had a hold on me. It seems like Gaye was inspired, not only by personal life issues like a recent divorce, but also by the funk that largely became popularized in the interim between 1971’s What’s Going On and Here, My Dear. “Anger” is the focal point of the album, pivoting the outward anger of earlier political songs inward, dissecting the wrongs and rights of the dissolution of a marriage. While I prefer the singles that I have known for years, hearing such a deeply personal record from one of the most soulful singers in the canon of popular music is extremely refreshing. I’ll be going back to this a ton.

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