Saturday, March 19, 2005

"(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind," Levert (9/13/86)
When making R&B stars, lineage helps, as proven by Levert: lead singer Gerald's father is no less than Eddie Levert of the O'Jays. You can hear that in his rich, deep, espresso voice, put to good use here on Levert's very first R&B #1, like most of theirs a midtempo groover about luuuurve. This one, however, pops (I'm sorry) with magic in a way that few of their subsequent hits do. A-

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