Sounding like it was unearthed from some pile of confiscated reel-to-reels in Berry Gordy's attic, this album faithfully adheres to the 60s soul aesthetic, from the logos and fonts on the disc cover to the entire sequencing and sound of the Motown-inspired music. This is instant vintage.
Most of these ditties will have your toes a-tappin' and your fingers a-snappin', yet a subtle soulful substance seems absent from the singing.
The focus is more on the destination than on making sure each step is solid along the way. Yet, it does arrive. Joss Stone helps extend the album's dimensions with Just One Kiss's delicious rolling crescendo, and Calling is just sublime. But it's a letdown when Stevie Wonder appears on Never Give You Up only to contribute a harmonica solo. The duet that could have been so much more.