Michael McDonald If That's What It Takes LP
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"As the lead singer of the Doobie Brothers from 1975-1980, Michael
McDonald's soulful voice and skilled writing gave the group classics like
"Minute by Minute," "Real Love," and the perfect "What a Fool Believes." After
the group's 1980 album One Step Closer displayed a tension that was almost
audible, it was no surprise that a split was in the works. 1982's If That's What
It Takes is McDonald's first solo effort, and was recorded at the great
recording studios like Warner Bros. and Sunset Sound and was co-produced by Ted
Templeman and Lenny Waronker. The album's biggest hit, the moody and sleek "I
Keep Forgettin'," continues McDonald's unflinching look at heartbreak, and it is
more R&B-influenced than the previous Doobie Brothers work. The buoyant "I Gotta
Try," co-written by Kenny Loggins, perfectly captures the early-'80s L.A. pop
sound. While McDonald's pop acumen is no surprise, If That's What It Takes also
offers McDonald the chance to do ballads. The poignant and spare "I Can Let Go
Now" has some of his best lyrics. "Losin End," which first appeared on 1976's
Takin' It to the Streets, gets recast as an even bleaker rumination with a
suitably sorrowful solo from Tom Scott. The melodically complex "Believe in It"
has McDonald doing some great, offhanded gospel-tinged vocals. This debut
juggles tracks of merit and those of less distinction, but the bright spots make
this essential." - Jason Elias, allmusic.com
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1. Playin' By The Rules
2. I Keep Forgettin'
3. Love Lies
4. I Gotta Try
5. I Can Let Go Now
6. That's Why
7. If That's What It Takes
8. No Such Luck
9. Losin' End
10. Believe In It