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Here My Dear
Genres: Pop, R&B
Ordered by a judge to turn over the profits from two albums to the first wife he'd left, Marvin Gaye produced this bitter, sad, bewildered masterwork. Over sprawling funk tracks, he questions her, himself, love, family, an... more »
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Ordered by a judge to turn over the profits from two albums to the first wife he'd left, Marvin Gaye produced this bitter, sad, bewildered masterwork. Over sprawling funk tracks, he questions her, himself, love, family, and, of course, asks, "Why do I have to pay attorney fees?" Both incomparably smooth and incontrovertibly twisted, Here, My Dear is Gaye with the mask off: even the multiple vocal overdubs can't hide his pain and his weariness. --Rickey Wright
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Robert Johnson | Richmond, KY USA | 08/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Marvin Gaye completely lets his guard down and stands naked on HERE, MY DEAR, the record on which he speaks directly from his wounded heart. Much more than just the chronicle of his divorce from Anna Gordy Gaye, the album is also the portrait of a conflicted soul at the height of his torment and a heartbreaking metaphor for the healing power of music.
All of the songs are terrific and they are immaculately woven together. The doo-wop of the title track sits perfectly among the intense "Anger" and the lovely, lifting "Sparrow." The transitional songs "I Met A Girl" and "Everybody Needs Love" are gorgeous and pained, while "A Funky Space Reincarnation" brings in some sly humor at just the right moment.
Though every track is individually terrific (including "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You," the probing centerpiece to the set), the entire album should be thought of and listened to as a collective work. The compositions are loose and extremely complex, which is exactly why it went misunderstood by critics and audiences at the time of it's release. Possibly the most harrowing, emotional, and brutally honest releases to ever come from a mainstream artist.
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email@example.com | Chicago, IL | 11/02/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1978, this album didn't go over very big with the critics and fans alike. I can tell you why. Fans were looking for the sensous, soul singing Marvin that would blindly adapt to the disco era of the time. Instead of following the disco(BLAH!) bandwagon, he created a masterpiece that was undeservedly a victim of harsh critisism and virtually ignored. In my opinion, this was truly one of Marvin's finest works. From the emotionally charged "I Met A Little Girl" to the final reprise of "When Did I Stop Loving You, When Did You Stop Loving Me", you can feel the anguish and pain of the real Marvin. A man crushed by two failed marriages, an oppressive cocaine habit, and an overall despair about life in general. It's almost hard to listen to "Here, My Dear" without feeling the deep emotions pouring out in Marvin's voice; not only is this an album about divorce, and failed love, but also a plea for help. An answer to the question, just what went wrong with the marriage and his life in general. Once again, I say this album was wrongly eclipsed by the @!#$!@ disco era. It deserves an enthusiastic five stars.P.S. Also, listen to "A Funky Space Reincarnation" for here Marvin is wishing that maybe another place or time, maybe things would be better. How heavy is that?! FIVE STARS!!!"
Marvin Gaye's Breakup Album
B. Bowman | Jersey, United States | 10/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you own a copy of "Let's Get It On" for when the relationship is going smooth, this is the album to get for when things fall apart. I've had this CD for ten years and it only gets better with time. Marvin Gaye captures all the emotions of a breakup and sings with so much emotion about his broken marriage that you can feel it yourself. He expresses the love he still has for his ex-wife, the anger about the court proceedings and attorney fees, and even takes a jab at her in the opening song for using their son to keep him in line. I think the vocal arrangements and harmonies on this album are incredible, and you get some insight into how Marvin worked in the studio from the liner notes, which also detail how the album came about. The liner notes also state how the album bombed when it came out due to the disco boom that was occurring at the time of it's release. This album definitely falls under the category of overlooked gem. If you are a Marvin Gaye fan or just had a relationship hit the skids, buy this disc."