Lawrence Frascella
October 22, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Intimate

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Smokey Robinson

We gave it a B

Robinson is back on Motown — which probably accounts for the high comfort level. From the loping stride of ”Sleepin’ In” to the jazzy inflections of the title song, Intimate is an unstrained collection of old-fashioned soul ballads. His metaphors could be sharper, but the melodies are classic Smokey. And his tremulous falsetto still thrills. B

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