Nature Planned It

by: The 4 Tops

Positive proof that Motown was capable of putting out a good Four Tops LP without the aid of Holland, Dozier and Holland. Levi Stubbs' warm, emotive baritone takes Ashford and Simpson's "I Am Your Man" to the river and back. "It's the Way Nature Planned It" is one of the group's top songs, with an engaging lead and Abdul Fakir, Lawrence Payton and Renaldo Benson's smooth harmonies. The medley "Hey Man - We Got to Get You a Woman" garnered quite a few spins when released, the song has a happy optimistic feel that went over well. "I'll Never Change" and "I Can't Quit Your Love" are both sung by Stubbs near the top of his register, adding even more fuel to the already dynamic arrangement. The public liked this one as it rose to #50 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, a decent showing for an LP that didn't have a Top Ten single. ~ Andrew Hamilton

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