Sole remaining original Temptation Otis Williams supplies the most memorable moments on the group's 57th album, Ear-Resistible. Unfortunately, the baritone stays in the background except for a bit of preaching on "One L... more »ove One World" and a call to party on, you guessed it, "Party." Ear-Resistible may appeal to hardcore Tempts fans; 1998's Phoenix Rising went platinum. But little or none of the group's greatness is on display on this disc's long series of uninspired midtempo ballads. It may be unfair to measure the new "Elevator Eyes" and "Kiss Me Like You Miss Me" to "I Can't Get Next to You" and "My Girl," but the quintet begs such comparisons by continuing under the legendary act's name. --Bob Roget« less
Sole remaining original Temptation Otis Williams supplies the most memorable moments on the group's 57th album, Ear-Resistible. Unfortunately, the baritone stays in the background except for a bit of preaching on "One Love One World" and a call to party on, you guessed it, "Party." Ear-Resistible may appeal to hardcore Tempts fans; 1998's Phoenix Rising went platinum. But little or none of the group's greatness is on display on this disc's long series of uninspired midtempo ballads. It may be unfair to measure the new "Elevator Eyes" and "Kiss Me Like You Miss Me" to "I Can't Get Next to You" and "My Girl," but the quintet begs such comparisons by continuing under the legendary act's name. --Bob Roget
Tony_Tone | Washington, D.C., District of Columbia United Stat | 05/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The legendary Tempatations has provided us with great music for over 40 years and still going strong over a half dozen or so personel changes but one thing hasnt changed is that smooth, silky harmonzing that still sounds great.. Now with their 57th album ! it just shows the staying power these gentlemen have.. Their new album picks up where their last album Phoenix Rising left off.. In hope of attracting a younger audience to their music they enlist some of the hottest young songwriters and producers on the scene right now with the likes of folks like Joe who wrote and produced the hypnotic first single I'm Here.. Gerald Levert penned two tracks Proven &True one of my favorites on the whole cd and also wrote Selfish Reasons.. Donell Jones co wrote It's Alright To Be Wrong another great track on this album with these young talented gentlemen lending their talent makes this cd great listening .. It would be unfair to compare the new material to such great classic tracks from the past.. But this album should keep long time Tempt fans happy also.. Other noteworthy tracks are as following:Your Love, Kiss Me Like You Miss Me, Got To Get On The Road, Error Of Our Ways.. All these songs are great check this album out you will not be disappointed it just too irresistible not to listen !"
What a follow-up
towanna spears | Bridgeton, Missouri United States | 08/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Coming from the Number one Temptation fan in the world, I feel free in saying "Kiss me like you miss" is it.......... It should have been released first. All jokes aside this is a great follow-up to Phoenix Rising. "Party" will make you want to do just that.Any Temptation fan will want this for there collection."
A taste of Old School!
towanna spears | 06/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are seriously into "old school", track #9 "Proven & True" may, by itself, be worth the CD price. An old school slow jam that reminds us a little of Kendricks & Ruffin. The overall CD is a little uneven...probably trying to cater to the pitiful, fickle crowd that "learned about" the Temps from the TV movie. Still, by today's standards, it's a strong CD worthy of your dollar."
Enjoy the new era Temptations
Timothy R. Sullivan | 05/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While it's not quite up to the standard of "Phoenix Rising" I do enjoy this CD. Let's face it, the original lineup ended in 1968, the sound started changing in the 70's, and the Tempts have been evolving ever since. No need to bash the band because they can't conjure up the ghosts of David and Eddie. The new era Temptations do have some serious talent.
I'm glad Otis has kept the group alive. Also -- as noted by the excellent new CD "Legacy" -- Mr. Williams has a great eye for recruiting singing, instrumentation, and producing talent. He has successfully replaced great singers (Theo Peoples for one) with others. The latest and greatest addition is former Spinners front man G.C. Cameron.
On this CD, Terry Weeks clearly is a star. The ballads are tremendous as is "Elevator Eyes" and I particularly like long time tenor extrodinaire Ron Tyson leading "Gotta Get On the Road."
Yes, as noted below, they shouldn't be singing songs about partying and so forth, some are grandparents. I could do without the silly intos and interludes, too, sadly R & B of today is obsessed with that stuff.
But all in all, a great effort by the legendary group, no matter what lineup is singing. Thanks Otis for keeping The Temptations alive!"
The Legend goes on!
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 08/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Ear-Resistible" continues a trend established with 1998's successful "Phoenix Rising", i.e., a mixture of the group's trademark harmonies with contemporary lyrics and beats. Sole original member Otis Williams, who also served as executive producer, knows the building blocks of the legendary group; thus, these guys know what they are all about. Their voices, while, at times, are reminiscent of the founding members, possess enough individuality to render their own distinctive sound, unlike no other.The present Temptation quintet is unfairly compared to its predecessors. The reality is that any group that has been in existence for four decades (and counting) and continues to make good music is deserving of praise and support.The album sports some really strong tracks ("I'm Here", "Your Love", "Elevator Eyes", "Party", "Proven & True", "I'll Just Go Crazy", and the thought-provoking "Error of Our Ways"). Even the "lesser" tracks are worlds above the songs drowning the airwaves of contemporary radio.Good music, like a fine wine, is hard to find. One can indulge in the ecstatic elegance of the Temptations."Resistence IS futile!""