(1998) Something Special

Kool & The Gang

... read moreWith their long track record, Kool & the Gang have always offered dance-provoking rhythms and Something Special fits that bill, too. Featuring the number one single "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)," James "J.T." Taylor approaches the song in a cool, mesmerizing tone, closing out the...

39′:44″ 9 Songs

1
Steppin' Out
Kool & The Gang
4:45
2
Good Time Tonight
Kool & The Gang
5:00
3
Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)
Kool & The Gang
4:06
4
Be My Lady
Kool & The Gang
4:16
5
Get Down On It
Kool & The Gang
4:51
6
Pass It On
Kool & The Gang
4:34
7
Stand Up And Sing
Kool & The Gang
4:30
8
No Show
Kool & The Gang
4:20
9
Stop!
Kool & The Gang
3:22
Released 01 January 1998, ℗ 1998 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Review

With their long track record, Kool & the Gang have always offered dance-provoking rhythms and Something Special fits that bill, too. Featuring the number one single "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)," James "J.T." Taylor approaches the song in a cool, mesmerizing tone, closing out the vamp in his falsetto with a burst of energy while the background vocals chant the subtitle throughout the chorus. Not known to lead a song in falsetto, Taylor further utilizes this talent on the motivated rhythms of the nocturnal scenario of "Steppin' Out." It maintained a steady stride, rising to the number ten spot on the charts. The third single from the album was "Get Down on It." As the title indicates, this is a gritty funk track that worked its way up the charts to claim the number three position, selling more than 500,000 copies. Although there were no more charted singles from this album, the entire collection is deserving of recognition. On a slower note, "Pass It On" and "No Show" received regional airplay. The former encourages people to spread love to all children, and the latter is a sorrowful account of a man left standing in the rain, waiting for the love that never showed. Both singles have similar rhythm arrangements. As for inspirational songs, "Stand Up and Sing" is a moderately paced single with lyrics that are uplifting. ~ Craig Lytle