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Album Review

Working with producer Tommy Sims — the man who produced Eric Clapton's hit "Change the World" — evidently inspired Michael McDonald, since Blue Obsession is his best record in nearly ten years. Stylistically, it's similar to every record he's made since going solo in the early '80s — namely, it's a combination of adult contemporary ballads and lightly grooving, adult contemporary pop-soul — but the difference is that the quality of the material is uniformly strong. In addition to two covers ("Ain't That Peculiar," "Down By the River"), there's a selection of new songs largely co-written by McDonald and Sims. While there are no crossover pop hits on the level of "I Keep Forgettin'" or "Sweet Freedom," it's a strong collection of songs with only a few slow moments. It's a record that shows McDonald maturing quite gracefully.

Customer Reviews

Blue Obsession

Blues Obsession is the perfect name for this collection. He plays from the soul....It's one you definately want in your collection. I especially like "Down By The River".

J Real

Yo, Michael McDonald is the greatest male vocalist of all time, and this album shows his skills. Every track is hot, especially "Open the Door".

Best work yet

amazing- have always enjoyed his work, but this is the best past to present


Born: February 12, 1952 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late '70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. He initially essayed his signature style with the Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group's most popular period with hits like "What a Fool Believes" and "Taking It to the Streets." McDonald disbanded the group in...
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