Back in time
9 November 2022
The late soul icon MARVIN GAYE (1939-1984) released his first post-Motown LP MIDNIGHT LOVE on 8 November 1982, 40 years ago. His most successful one, thanks
in great part to its huge hit SEXUAL HEALING (more than 308 million strems on Spotify).
Rolling Stone wrote: “This record, which has become the biggest crossover hit of the
singer’s career, is a comeback for Gaye, whose last couple of albums, despite their funkster
defenders, committed the unpardonable sin of tedium. The album has the rhythmic tension, melodic delicacy and erotic resilience of Gaye’s greatest music, and it extends those attributes by applying contemporary synthesizer gimmickry judiciously and soulfully. Gaye plays about eighty percent of the instruments here himself, and his synthesizer work, as well as his drumming, is a revelation. And everything here, including the ribald greeting-card verse
of the lyrics, underscores the relentless erotic obsession that’s at the core of Gaye’s concerns.” Score: 4/5.
Full album stream on Spotify
MARVIN GAYE: Bio – Discography