10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The main indication that Earth, Wind & Fire’s gorgeously triumphant Now, Then, and Forever was recorded in 2013 and not in the band's ‘70s heyday is the copyright date. EWF's first album after the retirement of mastermind Maurice White is as effortlessly soulful and finely crafted as ever. Unlike 2005's cameo-filled Illumination, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson keep things in the family here, with minimal guest appearances. The rollicking, horn-driven groove of the single "My Promise" is a particular delight.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The main indication that Earth, Wind & Fire’s gorgeously triumphant Now, Then, and Forever was recorded in 2013 and not in the band's ‘70s heyday is the copyright date. EWF's first album after the retirement of mastermind Maurice White is as effortlessly soulful and finely crafted as ever. Unlike 2005's cameo-filled Illumination, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson keep things in the family here, with minimal guest appearances. The rollicking, horn-driven groove of the single "My Promise" is a particular delight.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
345 Ratings
345 Ratings
jdnewman1961 ,

O boy

O boy my mom isn't going to shut up about this

Jordan Fortiz ,

Party On!

I can already tell this album will be great! After previewing "The Promise" it sounds like classic Earth Wind & Fire. Philip bailey sounds great. So does the rest of the band! Only thing missing is the main man himself Maurice White :(
I'm going to be dancing in September when this album is released! :D

The lowender ,

Great Album! Missing Maurice, tho.

I like what I heard, but the key ingredient is missing. (vocally) I'm sure Maurice is involved somewhere, somehow, but that signature voice? Hey. That's the EWF stamp! But Phillip did a fantastic job covering those vocals. My bass hero Verdine, doin' it, doin' it! Ralph, doing his thing. And to have Larry Dunn back is the extra icing on the cake. That solo on "guiding lights" gave me goosebumps! Classic EWF!

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