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Glen Washington Wanna Be Loved

Wanna Be Loved is an apt title for Washington's latest effort. The lovers rock crooner (and former Stevie Wonder drummer) has one of the genre's most distinctive voices, but has toiled in relative obscurity for the last quarter century. For the most part, he sticks to the lovers material here, but adds touches of consciousness on "Mighty God" and "This Life" (over the "Waiting In Vain" version). His plaintive voice is impossibly sincere; at times, it sounds as if he's just finished crying (and may start again). But on "Roller Coaster Ride," he seems to be truly enjoying his career-ups and downs included.

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