“(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)

There was one major factor that separated L.T.D. from the glut of funk bands that populated the music scene in the mid ‘70s; their lead singer, Jeffrey Osborne. Although Osborne is best known now as a balladeer, he’s an expressive and versatile vocalist who is equally capable with slow jams or funk workouts. I’d actually argue that his uptempo jaunts are better than the ballads: “On The Wings Of Love” makes me want to gouge my ears out. Anyway…

“(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” was L.T.D.’s crossover breakthrough (also the only top 10 pop hit released by them OR Osborne as a solo artist). Interestingly, while most bands of their ilk crossed all the way over with a ballad, “Back In Love Again” is a light funk groove. There’s great interplay between the bass and drums, a sprightly horn chart, and a playful vocal from Osborne. Here’s music that doesn’t take it too seriously; the groove drops out and drops in again. It’s danceable but not disco. And while the album version lays on the ad-libs and groove a little too much, that single edit is golden.

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