Released on the eve of their 50th anniversary, Still Here is the Temptations' first album of original material since 2004s Legacy. The groups handful of attempts to relate to younger listeners fall flat. Shawtyismygirlooyeah would have greatly benefited from a more age-appropriate slang term, and Change Has Come is an unflattering, blustery production involving tension-raising synthetic string stabs à la Coolios Gangstas Paradise and a scrawling guitar. Theres also some unnecessary use of Auto-Tune, a trick that detracts from One of a Kind Lady, one of the albums stronger songs. Otherwise, the album is heavy on laid-back love songs that are easy to enjoy, if occasionally on the tepid side. Unsurprisingly, nothing is lacking in the vocal performances from Otis Williams and his partners, best heard on Listen Up (Pull your pants up! interjection aside), a halting, politically charged number with an uplifting chorus. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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