"It has been 10 years since I first heard BLINK and until recently I did not appreciate the greatness of this R & B,blues,soul classic. HEY GIRL is an all time heart breaker,Mr. McDonald always stops the show at his concerts when he sings this timeless King/Goffin piece. I never understood why this didnt get the play it deserved..Mr. McDonald has a voice fromthe angels and will always be up there with Jackie Wilson, Luther Vandross, SamCooke, Jeffrey Osborne and Otis Redding with his fantastic arrangements of love songs.....the man cando no wrong musicially. If you do not have this one...run to a music store or get on line and buy it and listen with your heart, your soul and you spirit over and over...you will fall in love. Peg in SD"
Music for the Living
Armando M. Mesa | Chandler, AZ | 08/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a collector of great R&B,Brown,Green,or Blue-Eyed Soul this McDonald c.d. was just what I needed to add. I actually purchased this c.d. title on a gut instinct without ever hearing any of the songs before;It was defintiely worth every dime ! McDonald (as a solo artist) has never succumbed to the pressures of commercialism or competition of the more "hip" Top 40 nature. He does not compromise his true vocal talent and writing skills just to sell filler garbage; He remains true to his craft.The vocals are rich and deep. The instrumentation is polished,yet, not contrived or over-the-top.It's a seamless blend of smooth soul, creative balladry and intelligent "adult" pop.It's all about LIFE !"
SMOOTH AND SMOKY
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 08/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When it comes to mastery of the "blue-eyed soul," few artists have been as successful as Michael McDonald. From his days with the Doobie Brothers to his under-rated solo career, McDonald's voice has been one of the smoothest and smokiest of our time. This CD, released in 1993, is one of his best solo efforts, and far surpasses his most recent disappointment, "Blue Obsession." His cover of "Hey Girl" is beautiful and emotional; "Matters of the Heart" is another winner, a song that even Bonnie Raitt couldn't surpass Mike on; "I Stand for You" and "Blink of an Eye" are also well sung and produced. This isn't as good as his "If That's What it Takes" or "Take This Heart", but it is vintage McDonald and worthy addition to anyone's CD library."
Prefer the Ballads More than Anything
ViAmber | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/19/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD based on what customers said about it and because it contains one of the prettiest, heartfelt covers of a song I've ever heard: "Hey Girl." I can listen to this song over and over and still not get tired of it! Also like "I Stand for You," "I want you" and "Matters of the Heart." The rest is just okay. A bit too...I don't know. I wanted more soulful, slow renditions. Maybe I'll try another CD."
A solid MichaelMcDonald!
ViAmber | 09/11/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The tracks are of the well-known musical and technical quality that the ex-doobie brother adds to his productions. There is no totally new Michael McDonald on this release, but after all: That is exactly what we fans love about him, ey? His unique gospely voice and his song arranagements will accompany you in your home, in your car, at a party. A solid Michael McDonald"