Linda Jones – Hypnotized: 20 Golden Classics (review)

71sjTY6lnWL._SX355_

* Soul to soul: Gladys Knight has named Jones as one of her three favorite vocalists, along with Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick. Jones, who died of diabetes at age 28, also was a big influence on Teena Marie, who covered Jones’ “Hypnotized” in 1994.

* The lowdown: No other soul record packs as much anguish into three minutes as Jones’ “For Your Precious Love.” Her wailing, crying and hollering epitomize the desperation of wanting to lose yourself in a lover. Much of Jones’ other material suffers from weak songwriting, but her no-time-for-subtlety vocals redeem even the tritest number. She starts at a climax, then moves to places seemingly uncharted on any map of emotion or sound.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s