Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Johnnie Taylor: Taylored in Silk [Stax, 1973]
With the aid of Wade Marcus's gloopy strings, this is where Taylor goes pop, and though he's trying for silk it sounds like the same old polyester--eight songs stretched over thirty-three minutes, including one soul-wringer hit, one blues-talking hit, and filler, much of which does have a certain reflective charm. B-