Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Don't Take It Personal," Jermaine Jackson (11/18/89)
That other Jackson brother may have only hit the R&B top 10 four times in the '80s (including '82's sublime new wave "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy," with Devo on backing vocals!), but two of the four were decade-bracketing #1s: the amazeballs "Let's Get Serious" and this one, a weird, nasty-masquerading-as-nice kiss-off to a lover with the passive-aggressive suggestion "So we're not gonna be lovers anymore - well, let's just be friends." I mean, really - "Love was here/Now it's gone/So it's time you keep moving on"?! This is one hateful record. (Musically, it's so minimalist to barely exist, but with lyrics like these, it's hard to even notice.) C-

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