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Enchantment: Journey to the Land Of...Enchantment

Album Notes

This album, the third from the Motor City quintet, featured a pair of singles: "Anyway You Want It" and "Where Do We Go from Here." The former is upbeat and artistically arranged by Emanuel "E.J." Johnson to include the lead vocals of second tenor Joe "Jobie" Thomas, the bass of Ed "Mickey" Clanton and the first tenor of Johnson himself. The second single, "Where Do We Go From Here," is a masterful composition with a tranquil arrangement, led by the supplicating vocals of E.J. Johnson. The song is undoubtedly a R&B classic and a quiet-storm standard. Another strong number here is "Forever More," a lovely ballad has the same hypnotizing affect as "Where Do We Go From Here." Johnson's commanding vocals manipulate each tender lyric and melodic note with conviction. It must be noted that all three of the above-mentioned songs were penned by E.J. Johnson; the impressions these songs have had and continue to have on aspiring and contemporary songwriters is evident -- the most notable being two compositions produced by acclaimed songwriter/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds: "I'll Always Love You" (from For the Cool in You) and "Kissing You" (performed by Faith Evans and featured on the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack). Another praiseworthy cut that was not a single is "Let Me Entertain." Led by the consoling, soulful vocals of Joe Thomas, the song hits its stride as the background vocals emerge, which are ingeniously arranged by Johnson. The remaining selections on this album reflect the group's ability to record quality songs in any format, such as the dance rhythms of "Magnetic Feel" and "I Wanna Boogie" to the country/western-seasoned "Love Melodies." ~ Craig Lytle


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