Time flies, but Smokey Robinson
keeps things cool – laidback and mellow, and very much in the mode of his best solo work from earlier years – with a subtle glow in the backings that has us thinking "quiet storm" all over again! Given Robinson
's rep, it would have been easy to just record any sort of dross, and expect a few sales – but Smokey
's really gone deep this time around, and has focused on the elements that really work best for his famous vocal style – a spare mix of keyboards and mellow rhythms, produced with a slightly earthy feel at points – which arguably makes this set the most "classic" sounding record Robinson
's recorded since the 70s! There's a few famous guests on the record – Carlos Santana, India Arie, and Joss Stone – but even they can't get in the way, and we're damn impressed at how much Smokey
's in control throughout. Titles include "Girl Friend", "Time Flies", "Don't Know Why", "Love Bath", "That Place", "Whatcha Gonna Do", "Satisfy You", "You're Just My Life", "You're The One For Me", and "Please Don't Take Your Love".