Melba Moore’s 14th album, Soul Exposed, starts off as danceable R&B, hard to distinguish from anyone else’s. At least it’s agreeable R&B. And Moore does sing it better than most. Even her characteristic squeals fall into place as a particularly energetic form of emphasis.
Then, halfway through, she launches into ”Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a genuinely inspiring tune often called the black national anthem. She’s joined by a galaxy of stars, among them (and this is just the start) Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, and Bobby Brown. That’s the one place this album really manages to take off. B-