Album review

Isaac Hayes - Groove-A-Thon

Told often enough that his sex-tastic rhythms and lavish strings had inspired this new-fangled "disco" thang, a confused Hayes hurled his gleaming frame into that movement with this overlooked '76 opus, which is nothing if not accurately titled. Written and recorded in eight sleepless days (in tandem with instrumental LP Disco Connection), a financially-motivated Hayes doesn't scale his own peaks here, but his so-so funk shudders are mightier than the meatiest of most. And the ballads—"Wish You Were Here", "Make A Little Love"—burn.

Rating: 3 / 10


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