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You're The Man

Marvin Gaye

You're The Man

"Lost" album by the legendary soul singer that was shelved before its 1972 release, includes fresh mixes by Amy Winehouse and Nas producer Salaam Remi

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The eerie parallels between 1972 and 2019 mean that this timeless, long-shelved record feels especially important, as though Gaye is addressing the divisiveness of the internet age and Trump's America. At the same time, it's a pleasure to listen to, inviting a new generation to connect with the legendary singer
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  2. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    You’re The Man has an altogether more ‘party’ atmosphere about it. And it’s the best damn party in town
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    “Tell me, where are we going?” asks Gaye on “Where Are We Going?” “Where’s the future going?” He never got to find out – but what a contribution this is to it
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  4. 8.0 |   The FT

    Unheard as a complete work since its creation in 1972, the album captures the singer-songwriter at the peak of his career
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  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    A triumph of curation over original intent, perhaps, the 17-track collection that’s emerged today nonetheless hangs together, suggesting that Gaye was closer to a goal than he realised – or, perhaps, several goals at once.
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  6. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    “Lost album” has a better ring to it than “posthumous album”
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  7. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    The music is near faultless, but nearly fifty years after its original release date, You’re the Man feels more like a Best Of or collection of rarities than it does the ‘lost album’ it promised
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  8. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    This largely unreleased ”lost” album is a mostly righteous collection of songs and fascinating glimpse into what one of the great 20th-century artists strategically allowed the culture to see
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    As a series of discrete and individually brilliant EPs, it's a fascinating documents of the myriad directions that Gaye could have investigated at his creative peak. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   All Music

    It's worth a listen to hear Gaye stretch out and figure out how to move forward: surrounded by Detroit and L.A. studio pros, he's making supple soul, even if it's not especially deep
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  11. 6.0 |   Mojo

    What follows in this set is a chaos of experiment and assigned alliances. ... Ironically, the oldest recordings on You're The Man are--that single excepted--among the best Gaye here. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Too confused to be a great lost album, or indeed a coherent collection, as a snapshot of both its creator and soul music in turmoil, it’s perfect
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