The "forgotten" Jackson
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 04/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Long before he became the family spokesman for and defender of his more famous (and somewhat eccentric) sibling, Jermaine Jackson forged a rather successful solo career of his own. This can be best seen in 1980's "Let's Get Serious", an album that definately has the stamp of producer Stevie Wonder. Heavy funk drives the title cut, "Burnin' Hot" and "Feelin' Free" while "You're Supposed to Keep Your Love for Me", "Where Are You Now", "You Got to Hurry Girl", and "We Can Put It Back Together" are refreshingly laid back, demonstrating Jackson's gifted versatility.Unfortunately, due to poor promotion and modest record sales, he was eclipsed in popularity by Michael, Janet, and to a certain degree, Latoya.Actually, he has a better voice than all of them. So much for the public's perception of talent."
Let's Get SERIOUSSSSS!!!!
Andre S. Grindle | Brewer Maine | 10/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jermaine Jackson:one of the most underrated performers in R&B.And I am not kidding either because 'Let's Get Serious' is the peak of Jermaine's commercial powers on Motown.The title song,a funky Stevie Wonder collaboration is here in it's full,7 minute+ extended glory.And there are three more extended tunes in the dancable "You Got To Hurry Girl" the bouncy closer "Feelin' Free" and the firey "Burnin'Fever",which is one of my favorite songs on the album-it has a great mixture of Jermaine's bass riffing,whistles and light electronics and a very timeless feel-reminds me of something Jamiroquai would come up with these days."Where Are You Know" and "We Can Put It Back Together" are very sweet,gentle R&B ballads with Jermaine's soft,consoling voice riding the point home.Another Stevie Wonder collaboration "You're Supposed To Keep Your Love From Me" features Jermaine singing along with Wonder's harmonia solo and has a light,sunny shuffling tempo.And thar covers this entire album-seven songs and all classics.So is there any problem with this album?Yes-it is one of the many OOP CD's that deserve INSTANT reissue.This is an award winning hit recording that got Jermaine a guest spot on American Bandstand and tons of radio airplay and it's lost in obscurity.And the fact that most people are unaware of Jermaine's vast catalog makes it even more unusual and for that I recommend you check out The Jackson Family Database website-that provides a full discography along with applicable album covers.'Let's Get Serious' deserves a remastered CD treatment along with his other hit album on Motown-1982's 'Let's Get Serious'.True I have all of Jermaine's solo albums (including all the ones on Motown on vinyl),including this one but was unwise to have never purchased the CD before it became so hard to find.But whatever format you have this (all of Jermaine's Motown albums were also issued on cassette around 1985) 'Let's Get Serious' is perhaps Jermaine's strongest overall album from beginning to end."
Classic early 80s funk
Cynthia Selene | Miskolc, Hungary | 02/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jermaine is very underrated, even though he is talented and if he weren't a member of the Jackson family, maybe he wouldn't have been overshadowed by his siblings. This is one of his finest albums, it has only 7 songs but there are no fillers.
The title track was written by Stevie Wonder. It is an uptempo disco song. "You Got To Hurry Girl" and "Burnin' Hot" are similar in style. Another highlights are the midtempo "Where Are You Now" and "Feelin' Free"."