Featuring silky-smooth vocals and finely-choreographed dance steps, the Temptations were the quintessential male group of the Motown era.
After forming in 1961, the group first found success in 1964 with “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” which was composed by fellow Motown superstar Smokey Robinson.
Banking on that success, the Temptations were paired with Smokey for the whole of their 1965 follow-up, The Temptations Sing Smokey. Consisting of a dozen Robinson-penned tunes, the record captured the Motown sound at its finest, showcasing both Smokey’s deft hand at crafting flawless soul-pop tunes and the Temptations’ superb vocal talents.
The album’s focal point is undoubtedly the timeless “My Girl,” with its simple bass line and guitar riff, ebullient trumpet bursts and sweet and innocent lyrics like “I got so much honey, the bees envy me.”
Continuing along the same vein, the record’s 11 other cuts burst with the warmth and energy that highlight the rest of Robinson’s hits.
Smokey’s rich orchestration and simple but imaginative lyrics certainly stand up on their own. And to that the fact that they’re performed by five of Motown’s finest singers makes them all that much more enjoyable.