Five Star: Lindstrøm & Christabelle discuss their favorite musical duets of all time.
Ashford & Simpson "Solid"
Stripped-to-the-bone drum machines, ice-cold chorus guitars, and digital-analog synths. As an album, the selection is pretty, uh, solid, too. The breakdown on "The Closest to Love" is very impressive, but it's always gonna be this positive title track that defines the record.
Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora "When the Rain Begins to Fall"
Although Jermaine has done a lot since the early '70s with The Jackson Five, Pia Zadora is considered a one-hit wonder. There are lots of arpeggiated synthesizers here, and we guess they tried to make it sound like falling rain or something. A nice little pop song, and a guilty pleasure.
Richard & Linda Thompson "Dimming of the Day"
This song is a beautiful, mellow folk ballad. Their voices blend together very nicely, and we don't mind at all that they decided to bundle this track with the acoustic guitar instrumental "Dargai."
Zapp "Computer Love"
Many years ago, we tried to record a version of this digital soul track, but somehow we couldn't make it work; maybe it's just too perfect. Roger Troutman's computerized voice sounds especially great with the female vocal. This one—as well as Mtume's "Juicy Fruit" and Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets"—was a reference when we started recording together six years ago.
Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross "You're a Special Part of Me"
This one is taken from the Diana & Marvin album, probably the strongest duet album ever made. This is the blueprint; it's impossible to make it any better than this. It's got everything: the best voices, the Motown sound, and great songwriting.
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