Album #347 – That’s the Way of the World

Album #347

Earth, Wind & Fire are one of the seminal bands of the mid to late 70’s. Their brand of funk and r&b helped push disco into the mainstream. That’s The Way of the World was their first crack at pop music success. It is actually the soundtrack to the film of the same name. It is ironic that the album did better than the film. It contains the number one hit, Shooting Star. That song is so good that you can’t help but tap your feet and sing along. I certainly was doing that while listening. This album’s other big hit, the title track, is a great example of the type of ballads Earth, Wind & Fire were so famous for. Phil Bailey sings them so well and puts so much emotion into them. Maurice White, the group’s other lead singer, sings the lower parts and adds another dimension to their music. This album was a healthy mix of ballads and funky disco influenced tracks. As you can see from the album cover, That’s the Way of the World was a party and it can brighten up any bad day instantly. Other highlights include: Happy Feelin’, All About Love, Yearnin’ Learnin’, Reasons and See The Light. Overall, I give That’s the Way of the World, 4 out of 5.

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